In The Skanner, Cascadia Board Member Felesia Otis shares her story of a son's life touched by mental illness. Felesia Otis says it’s hard to pinpoint the moment when her son Keaton became mentally ill. As a Benson High School student he had lots of friends and loved life. Keaton was artistic, interested in photography, graphic [...]
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For the second year in a row, the Timbers Army included Cascadia on its short list of organizations that they support with tickets to the popular local Major League Soccer team's pre-season games. From Angela Markham at Cascadia's Rain Garden in Wilsonville: "The first game, our staff member Meghan (also a huge Timbers fan) took a great [...]
Portland Police Chief Mike Reese Tuesday morning went on the offensive, defending his officers' use of force as he presented a report to a downtown public safety group about the increasing number of suicidal calls to police in the city.
Cascadia was part of a multi-agency team to develop the new Multnomah Call Center integration with 911. It launches in January. Read the story
Written by Benedict Carey of the New York Times, Lives Restored is a fascinating read. It's a series of profiles about people who are functioning normally despite severe mental illness and have chosen to speak out about their struggles. We recommend taking some time to read the articles and watch the videos to better understand mental illness and how [...]
Among others in the professional mental health community, Derald Walker was quoted in a story about the most recent success in the way Portland Police handle cases of potential crisis involving individuals with a mental illness. A grant from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law helped fund an initiative where police supervisors study how [...]
Meghan Caughey, Senior Director of Peer and Wellness Services at Cascadia, was featured in an Oregonian article about the growing debate over the long-term efficacy of psychiatric drugs. The article profiles a few individuals in the mental health community and their perspectives on this important and very prescient issue. This is a must-read for anyone [...]
Cascadia took to Tri-Met busses in August to let people know about the free help with gambling addictions that is available to anyone who lives in Multnomah County (also available in Clackamas County). One can be seen here, near downtown Portland. The Gambling Treatment program provides free treatment for adults dealing with problem/pathological gambling. Services [...]
The Board of Cascadia BHC announces the departure of Chair, Rick Cagen, an expert navigator during Cascadia’s financial crisis. He’s assuming the role of president of Silverton Hospital Network, precipitating this change. At the same time we welcome Captain Donna Henderson, Portland Police officer since 1988 and graduate of Lewis & Clark Univeristy’s Masters in [...]
The Portland Business Journal named Cascadia's Chief Financial Officer, Beth Barker, CFO of the Year at their annual awards luncheon on May 5. She was recognized for playing a major role in Cascadia's recovery after the organization nearly collapsed in 2008. Read more about Beth and her efforts in the complete story.