Overview

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

The 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.

Continuing Legal Education and Continuing Education credits will be available to licensed professionals who register for the conference, pending approval from credentialing organizations.

Early bird registration for the Oregon Law & Mental Health Conference opens December 1, 2017. The conference will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in Portland on March 2.

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Speakers

Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren
Broward County Court

Natasha Tracy
Author, Blogger, Peer Advocate

Pete Kerns
Eugene Police Chief

Sessions Overview – updated January 11, 2018

Session Leaders

Katie Burgard, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office
Octavio Choi, MD – Oregon State Hospital
Mandy Davis, MSW, Ph.D – Trauma Informed Oregon
Cynthia Fowler, MD – psychiatrist
Jo Ann Hardesty – NAACP, Portland Branch
Jeffrey Howes, JD – Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office
Bob Joondeph, JD – Disability Rights Oregon
Pete Kerns – Eugene Police Department (retired)
Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren – Broward County Court
Brian Lindstrom – award-winning documentary filmmaker
Ron Louie, MPA – Hillsboro Police Department (retired)
Eric Martin, MAC, CADC III, CRM, CPS – Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon
Sid Moore, JD – Psychiatric Security Review Board
Danielle Outlaw – Portland Police Chief
Sarah Radcliffe, JD – Disability Rights Oregon
Michael Reese – Multnomah County Sheriff
Tamara Sale, MA – Early Assessment and Support Alliance Center for Excellence
Mark Schorr, LPC, CADC I, NCC – counselor and trainer
Rabbi Ariel Stone – Portland Interfaith Clergy Resistance
Sean Syrek, BA, BS, PSS, PRC – Peer Advocate
Natasha Tracy – Author, Blogger, Peer Advocate
Judge Patrick Wolke – Josephine County


Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren
KEYNOTE LUNCH SPEAKER

Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren
Broward County Court

Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren is currently the presiding County Court Judge of the Misdemeanor Mental Health Court of the 17th Judicial Circuit in Broward County, Florida. She pioneered the nation’s first therapeutic Mental Health Court in 1997 which has been dedicated to the decriminalization of persons with mental illnesses and neurological disorders. The Court defines itself as a human-rights strategy, prioritizing dignity and restorative justice goals and seeks to divert mentally ill persons, charged with misdemeanor and non-violent offenses, into community based treatment as an alternative to incarceration. Judge Lerner-Wren is an adjunct Professor for Nova Southeastern University, Center for Psychological Services, Criminal Justice Institute for Behavioral Health, Forensic Doctoral Program and New York Law School, Center for Disability Law and Human Rights. She is an expert in therapeutic jurisprudence and problem solving justice and speaks nationally and internationally on mental health courts and policy, therapeutic justice, and cultural change leadership and the law.

Sponsors

Sponsorship opportunities are available now for the March 2018 conference.


PREMIERE CONFERENCE SPONSOR

Located in Portland, Oregon, Cedar Hills Hospital has been dedicated to helping people with mental illness and/or addiction to drugs and alcohol since 2009. Our 89-bed hospital prides itself on upholding a standard of excellence that allows our patients to take the first step to recovery.

Serving the Pacific Northwest region, Cedar Hills Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission. Through our compassionate and innovative care, we offer expertise with a team of dedicated board-certified psychiatrists, addictionologists, internal medicine and family medicine physicians.


KEYNOTE SPONSOR

The Psychiatric Security Review Board was originally established in 1977 to supervise those individuals who successfully asserted the insanity defense to a criminal charge. Recognizing that individuals diagnosed with a persistent mental illness have different rehabilitative needs than convicted defendants, this State has invested in a robust mental health system specifically designed for this population. With public safety as its primary focus, the Board has an exceptional record of reintegrating clients into the community with a 6 year average 0.46% adult recidivism rate. In recent years, the Board’s responsibilities have expanded to supervise youth and certain civil commitments who are placed under its supervision.


PEER SPONSOR

The Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs provides unified leadership and represents the interests of public mental health organizations in Oregon to develop public policy, best practice training and new technology for pubic agencies, criminal justice and veterans services, childrens’ mental health services, and to put forward state legislation. The Association is a sustaining supporter of the Oregon Law & Mental Health Conference.


PEER SPONSOR

Multnomah County Mental Health Mental Health and Addiction Services Division (MHASD) delivers recovery-based mental health and addiction services to Multnomah County’s adults, children, and families.

MHASD offers specific ‘safety net’ services to protect the most vulnerable of members of the community, including crisis intervention and involuntary commitment investigation. Through its Community Mental Health Program, addiction services like detoxification, outpatient, residential and prevention outreach, and mental health programs such as residential services, transitional housing, coordinated jail and hospital diversion. MHASD manages the mental health benefit for Oregon Health Plan members enrolled in Health Share of Oregon.

MHASD also delivers a variety of services to young children, school-aged children, teenagers, young adults and families through programs in early education settings, schools and in the community. Highly trained staff work to make sure that children get the care they need to remain at home and at school and that potentially serious illnesses are treated early.


ALLIED SPONSOR

Northwest Health Foundation seeks to advance, support, and promote health in Oregon and southwest Washington.

By providing grants to initiatives, forming partnerships with health and community leaders, and advocating for policy change, we are furthering our vision of giving every person the opportunity to lead a healthy life.


ALLIED SPONSOR

Columbia Community Mental Health is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide exceptional services to individuals and families in need of mental health care, addiction treatment, psychiatric rehabilitation, and developmental disabilities services throughout Columbia County.


ALLIED SPONSOR

The Mental Health Association of Portland is the Oregon’s impartial and independent advocate for persons with mental illness and addiction. Our task is to help persons with a diagnosis of mental illness or addiction speak up and speak out – and to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.


ALLIED SPONSOR

Central City Concern meets its mission through innovative outcome based strategies which support personal and community transformation.

  • Direct access to housing which supports lifestyle change.
  • Integrated healthcare services that are highly effective in engaging people who are often alienated from mainstream systems.
  • The development of peer relationships that nurture and support personal transformation and recovery.
  • Attainment of income through employment or accessing benefits.

ALLIED SPONSOR

Bridgeway Recovery Services is a trauma-informed, integrated care organization offering mental health, chemical dependency, and problem gambling treatment.

Located in Salem, Oregon, Bridgeway also offers primary care and is recognized as a Tier 4 Patient-Centered Primary Care Home.

In 2017 Bridgeway was listed for the third year in a row as one of Oregon’s best nonprofits to work for by Oregon Business Magazine.

“Our staff provides hope, health and freedom to thousands of our friends and neighbors who struggle with mental illness and addictions every day. We believe that anyone can recover and that everyone deserves the opportunity for life filled with hope, love and happiness.” ~ CEO Tim Murphy


ALLIED SPONSOR


Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare is a private, not-for-profit whose mission is to provide healing, homes and hope for people living with mental health and addiction challenges. For information on Cascadia’s comprehensive range of innovative clinical and housing support programs, visit: cascadiabhc.org.

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare is a Certified Community Behavioral Health Center and part of a national two-year demonstration project to measure the benefits of expanding the integration of mental, substance use and physical health care. Cascadia’s three clinics serve as models for an innovative approach to mental health that treats each patient holistically, leading to improved mental and physical health, lower catastrophic care costs, and reduced stigma surrounding mental health and substance use.


ALLIED SPONSOR

Clackamas County Behavioral Health Division assists members enrolled in Health Share of Oregon in accessing their mental health and substance use benefit through a network of contracted providers. The Behavioral Health Division also assists uninsured Clackamas County residents in accessing these same services. The Behavioral Health Division also operates the 24-7 crisis line and 7 day a week urgent mental health walk-in clinic, Riverstone, for any Clackamas County resident who may be experiencing a mental health crisis. Please visit their websiteto learn more about how to access mental health, substance use and urgent or crisis mental health services as well as trainings and resources available that address suicide prevention and stigma through Hope, Healing, and Recovery.


ALLIED SPONSOR

Kaiser Permanente Behavioral Health Services takes care of the whole you. Your personal physician coordinates your care with a mental health specialist or team that can diagnose mental health issues that affect your health and well-being. Combining research and clinical expertise, we ensure that your care benefits from the most recent advances in medical and behavioral science, and we work with you to find the most effective treatment for you, based on your needs and comfort level.


ALLIED SPONSOR

The Oregon Public Health Division works to protect and promote the health of all Oregonians and the communities where they live, work, play and learn.

Key efforts in 2018 include Oregon’s plan for modernizing our governmental public health system, the State Health Improvement Plan with data-based priorities for improved health in our state, and the State Health Assessment and the Public Health Advisory Board.


ALLIED SPONSOR


Located in the heart of Portland, Oregon, Northwest Forensic Institute is a forensic mental health agency providing forensic evaluations in both criminal and civil matters. We also offer consultation to attorneys on cases involving mental health issues by reviewing case materials and mental health evaluations and providing guidance to attorneys on how to understand the issues. We also seek to provide education to individuals at all levels of training. We contract with the state to provide the Oregon Forensic Evaluator Training Program Initial and Recertification trainings. We also provide workshops and seminars right at our office site and in the Portland metro area. Additionally, we supervise an annual training program for psychology practicum students and postdoctoral fellows.


ALLIED SPONSOR

The Multnomah County District Attorney is responsible for prosecuting offenders who commit state criminal law violations committed in Multnomah County. The District Attorney’s office is committed to the open and balanced administration of justice—one that honors and respects diversity in all of its forms.

Rod Underhill is the elected District Attorney in Multnomah County. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office has approximately 200 staff members, including 70 appointed Deputy District Attorneys.


ALLIED SPONSOR

The Department of Human Services is Oregon’s principal agency for helping Oregonians achieve wellbeing and independence through opportunities that protect, empower, respect choice and preserve dignity, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. The Department provides direct services to more than 1 million Oregonians each year. These services provide a key safety net for those in our society who are most vulnerable or who are at a difficult place in their life.

The Department of Human Services Aging and People with Disabilities assists seniors and people with disabilities of all ages to achieve well-being through opportunities for community living, employment, family support and services that promote independence, choice and dignity.


ALLIED SPONSOR

The Oregon Center on Behavioral Health and Justice Integration helps jurisdictions across the state implement and improve systemic and programmatic efforts that successfully divert individuals with serious behavioral health needs from entering various points within the justice system including avoidance of arrest entirely.

In 2017, Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. entered into an agreement with the Oregon Health Authority to provide specialized training and technical assistance for behavioral health and justice partners to increase knowledge and improve practices aimed at reducing the number of people with serious behavioral health needs who become incarcerated. The Center on Behavioral Health and Justice Integration is a natural outgrowth of GOBHI’s work over the past five years facilitating Sequential Intercept Mapping and Crisis Intervention Training throughout Oregon.


CONGREGATIONAL SPONSORS

Ainsworth United Church of Christ


SMALL AGENCY SPONSORS

Teras Intervention and Counseling

Sequoia Mental Health Services

Disability Rights Oregon


KEYNOTE LUNCH TABLE SPONSOR

Northwest Housing Alternatives

Unity Center and Legacy Health


PROFESSIONAL SPONSORS

Harris Matarazzo, JD

Philip Shapiro, MD


LAW ENFORCEMENT SPONSORS

Clackamas County District Attorney

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office

Oregon State Sheriff’s Association

Washington Count District Attorney


EXHIBITORS

Iris Telehealth
The Meadows
Center for Discovery

Testimonials

Attendees wrote to express their appreciation for the Oregon Law & Mental Health Conference.

“I work in health care and it was very interesting to see the legal and community aspects of care for this population.”

“The keynote speaker and lunch were amazing.”

“I enjoyed and appreciated the variety of richness of the topics offered, and the speakers were dynamic and informative. I learned a great deal.”

“Diverse array of subjects discussed at panels, plenty of experts in their fields providing valuable information.”

“The topics were very interesting and applicable to my work. The space was comfortable and easy to get to. The keynote speaker was excellent.”

“Best balance of Criminal Justice and Mental Health Clinicians that I have seen after many conferences on the need for more collaboration.”

“The presenters were excellent, not only in their expertise on the topic and issues, but also in their ability to present information in a clear and interesting way.”

“I really appreciated the wide variety of topics discussed. It was really hard to choose as I was equally interested in multiple subject presented. The speakers were well prepared and well informed. I also appreciated the wide variety of backgrounds represented in the audience which generated good questions and discussions after the presentations.”