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The 2019 Northwest Law & Mental Health Conference was held February 8 at the Doubletree Hotel in Portland, Oregon.

Generous sponsors to the conference made over 100 full and partial scholarships are available for people with lived experience of mental illness, and for full-time students.

Conference planning will begin for the 2020 Northwest Law & Mental Health Conference in summer. A date and location for the conference is to be determined.


The Northwest Law & Mental Health Conference is designed for attorneys and law enforcement, 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.

The Northwest Law & Mental Health Conference brings together dozens of expert speakers with legal, clinical, and lived experience to discuss the confluence of law and mental illness. The event is produced annually as a program of the Mental Health Association of Portland, and was held in 2000, 2017 and 2018.

The conference offers continuing education credit for clinicians through the National Association of Social Workers of Oregon, for attorneys through the Oregon State Bar Association, and for law enforcement through the Oregon State Department of Public Safety Standards And Training. Additional online CEUs from the 2018 NW Law & Mental Health Conference are available now.

The planning committee for the 2019 conference includes Morgyn Beckman MD, Alison Bort JD PHD, Judge Juliet Britton, Beckie Child MSW, Emily Cooper JD, Lisa Naito JD, and Jason Renaud.