mental health

Health Care
5:45 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

State High Court Hears Pyschiatric Boarding Case

Parking mentally ill patients in the ER is controversial yet common.
Credit Taber Andrew Bain / Flickr

Parking mentally ill patients in the ER is controversial yet common. Now the state Supreme Court is considering whether that’s constitutional.

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Northwest News
10:02 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Police: One Student Dead In Oregon High School Shooting

Update: Police in Oregon say 1 student was killed in this morning's school shooting. The gunman is also dead.

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Mental Health Program
4:36 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Mental Health Experts Call New Rural Program A Good Start

Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 4:33 pm

Northwest mental health experts are cautiously optimistic about a new federal grant program. But they call it a modest attempt to improve mental health care in rural areas.

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Northwest Health
4:45 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

DSHS Settles Case Involving Children with mental health needs

In 2009, the state was sued by advocates representing children on Medicaid who have schizophrenia, depression and other mental illnesses. The advocates argued that the Department of Social and Health Services wasn’t providing sufficient home based services to help keep them stable.

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Oregon Legislature
4:29 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Oregon Legislature Falls Short Of 'Game-Changing' Mental Health Investment

Virginia Alvino Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 3:26 pm

This year in the Oregon legislature, there was a big push to dramatically boost funding for mental health programs. The effort was spurred on by mass shootings in Connecticut and Oregon. But mental health advocates say in the end, the legislature fell far short of the game-changer they hoped for.

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Mental Illness
5:58 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Teen In Alleged Albany Bomb Plot Could Have Rare Mental Condition

Grant Acord's mother posted this statement explaining her son's medical condition on the front door of her Albany home.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

The Oregon teenager accused of plotting an attack on his high school has obsessive-compulsive disorder brought on in a rare way: a strep infection. That's according to his mother. 

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Mental Health Debate
6:14 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Mental Health Debate Personal For One Oregon Lawmaker

After last December’s mass shootings in Oregon and Connecticut, Democrats and Republicans in the Oregon legislature called for increased funding for mental health care. Now, there’s a proposal under discussion that would expand such programs in a big way, but it remains caught up in a debate over how to fund it. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman spoke with one lawmaker for whom mental health care is a very personal issue.

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Mental Health Reform
6:40 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Washington Mental Health Reform Focuses On Preventive Care

Alexandra Kocik Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 7:21 pm

  OLYMPIA, Wash. – Health care advocates are pushing Washington state lawmakers to keep up momentum toward expanding access to Medicaid. About 100 people rallied on the Capitol steps in Olympia Thursday. They argue one group that will especially benefit is people with mental illness.

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Sanka Party
6:38 am
Tue March 12, 2013

The Sanka Party Brews Activism Inside A Mental Hospital

The Sanka Party's homemade logo.
Credit John Ryan / Northwest News Network

The Tea Party has become a fixture in American politics. But the Sanka Party? Not so much. Other than an interest in hot beverages, the two activist groups have little in common. The Sanka Party got started last summer near Tacoma, Wash., in the unlikeliest of places: inside the walls of the state’s largest psychiatric institution.

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Mental Health Reform
5:02 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Oregon Senate President Calls for Mental Health Reform

Virginia Alvino Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 4:56 pm

SALEM, Ore. – One of the most influential state lawmakers in Salem wants Oregon to make what he calls a “game-changing” investment in community mental health services. Democratic Senate President Peter Courtney proposes a dedicated tax or fee to cover the expense.

According to the Oregon Health Authority, fewer than half of adults who need mental health treatment actually get it. The number is even lower for young people.

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