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, Continuing Medical 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 January 2, 2018. The conference will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in Portland on March 2.

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Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren
Broward County Court

Natasha Tracy
Author, Blogger, Peer Advocate

Pete Kerns
Eugene Police Chief

Juliet Britton, JD – Psychiatric Security Review Board
Mandy Davis, MSW, Ph.D – Trauma Informed Oregon
Cynthia Fowler, MD
Jo Ann Hardesty – NAACP, Portland Branch
Larry Johnson, CPM – HARRP (Highland Access, Reentry and Recovery Program)
Bob Joondeph, JD – Disability Rights Oregon
Anil Karia – Portland Police Association
Brian Lindstrom, filmmaker
Sarah Radcliffe, JD – Disability Rights Oregon
Lisa Rohleder, L.Ac., MAcOM – Working Class Acupuncture
Tamara Sale, MA – EASA Center for Excellence
Mark Schorr, LPC, CADC I, NCC
Rabbi Ariel Stone – Portland Interfaith Clergy Resistance
Daryl Turner – Portland Police Association

Invited Guests

Danielle Outlaw – Portland Police Bureau
Seth Wayne – Department of Justice
David Rogers – ACLU of Oregon

Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren

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.


Sponsorship opportunities are available now for the March 2018 conference.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Bridgeway Recovery Services


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.


Harris Matarazzo, JD


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.”