Over 280 people attended the June 16, 2017 Oregon Law & Mental Health Conference in Portland, Oregon for twelve interactive sessions. They heard from legal, clinical and experiential experts. We had a terrific keynote speech from MacArthur Genius Award winner Elyn Saks, everyone met Rojo the Therapy Llama.

Here’s what’s going to happen next.

The next Oregon Law & Mental Health Conference, “What Works?” will be held in April 2018.

Sponsorship packages for the 2018 conference are available.

A new statewide award will be given at the conference. Nominations for the new Oregon Advocacy Award will open exclusively through this web site on September 1.

Session proposals can be submitted online to our Program Committee now. All proposals must be received by December 1.

Fifty early bird registrations for the conference will go on sale January 1, 2018.


The Oregon Law & Mental Health Conference connects the conversation of law, legislation and regulation, with mental health, including clinical services, support, housing, friends and families.

Who Should Attend?

The Oregon Law & Mental Health Conference is designed for attorneys and law administrators, public and private clinicians; healthcare administrators; students of the law, social work, psychology and psychiatry; policy designers and elected officials; and companies and individuals involved with the care and welfare of people with mental illness.

Are scholarships available?

Scholarships will open for peers and full time students to attend the conference in March 2018. Over 30 people received full or reduced registrations for the 2017 conference.

Is there are lower student rate?

Yes! Our sponsors have made half-cost tickets available for full time students.

Is there continuing education credit?

Yes. CE credits are made available through Northwest Forensic Institute, LLC, and the American Psychological Association. We will also apply for CLE credits through the Oregon State Bar.

Is there credentialing for media?

Yes. Contact the Conference Coordinator for information.

What About Substitutions or Cancellations?

Substitutions may be made at any time. Written cancellations must be received by March 15, 2018; 75 percent of the registration fee can be refunded or donated to keep future conference costs low. All registration fees must be paid before the conference. Oregon Law & Mental Health Conference will not invoice after the event.

Is This Conference Tax Deductible?

Income tax deductions for expenses of education, including travel, meals, lodging, and registration fees, undertaken to maintain and improve professional skills are allowed under Treas. Reg. 1.162.5 and Coughlin v. Commissioner, 203 F 2nd 307, and subject to the tax reform act of 1986. Donations to the conference are tax deductible as by law.

What Should I Wear?

The conference attire is business casual.

Who’s Putting the Oregon Law & Mental Health Conference on?

The conference is a project of the Mental Health Association of Portland, a 501(c)3 all-volunteer organization supporting recovery from mental illness and addiction since 2003.

Who selects the program for the conference?

The program committee is Juliet Britton, JD, Beckie Child, MSW, and Jason Renaud. Juliet is the Executive Director of the Oregon Psychiatric Security Review Board. Beckie is a professor of social work at Portland State University. Jason is the secretary of the board of the Mental Health Association of Portland and the Conference Coordinator.