About Us

The Northwest Law & Mental Health Conference is a program of the Mental Health Association ofPortland.

Program Committee members for the 2020 Northwest Law and Mental Health Conference include ~


Morgyn Beckman, MD graduated from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and went on to complete a residency in Psychiatry and a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry.

Dr. Beckman has been the psychiatrist for Corrections Health in Multnomah County for the past three years, is a published author in peer-reviewed journals, and is also a Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator in the state of Oregon.



Alison Bort is Executive Director of the Psychiatric Security Review Board 

She holds a joint-J.D.-Ph.D. with a certification in forensic clinical psychology and public interest law. 

Alison has spent the past fifteen years serving justice-involved individuals and their families in a variety of settings including specialized problem-solving courts, juvenile courts, dependency courts, and community and residential mental health programs. 

She previously served four years as a Program Manager at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare for Oregon’s largest community treatment program for individuals under the PSRB’s jurisdiction.  She spent the past year supervising the clinical services for Clackamas County’s Mental Health and Adult Drug Courts.

Judge Juliet Britton
is Presiding Judge of the Beaverton Municipal Court.

She was Executive Director of the Oregon Psychiatric Security Review Board, and a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program in Kansas. She was staff attorney for the Hawaii Senate Majority Office and practiced administrative, civil and criminal law as an active duty judge advocate in the US Army for over six years.

Judge Britton graduated from the University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law.

Beckie Child, MSW
is a doctoral student at Portland State University. 

She is former Executive Director of Mental Health America of Oregon, and Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center.

Beckie has helped start multiple peer-run organizations including a drop-in center and a statewide advocacy organization. She is an advisor to the Mental Health Association of Portland – the fiscal agent to the conference. 

She has been chair of the governor-appointed Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board and SAMHSA’s Wellness Steering Committee.

As the Legal Director of Disability Rights Oregon, Emily Cooper leads a team of attorneys who work to uphold the rights of Oregonians with disabilities. She focuses on litigation to transform systems and practices so that more Oregonians have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Previously, she served as a Senior Attorney at Disability Rights Washington. Emily was also an Adjunct Law Professor at Seattle University School of Law from 2014 to 2017, served on the ACLU of Washington’s Board of Directors from 2011 to 2017, and served as the Director of Advocacy for the Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association  from 2013 to 2016. Emily graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2003.

Tim Murphy has over 30 years of experience treating individuals with mental illness and substance abuse issues. He has served as the Administrative Director of Psychiatric Services at Salem Hospital, and was one of the founders of Liberty House, a Child Abuse Assessment Center. From 2005 to 2008, Tim was on the faculty of the National Technical Assistance Center, and he also served as a national educator and trainer for SAMHSA. Prior to establishing Bridgeway Recovery Services, Tim was the Chief Executive Officer of Maui Youth and Family Services on the island of Maui, HI. He is also the co-author of “Restraint and Seclusion: The Model for Eliminating their Use in Healthcare.”

Lisa Naito has a law degree from University of Oregon and has served Oregon as a Deputy District Attorney in Multnomah County, a state legislator, a Multnomah County Commissioner, and a METRO Councilor.

As owner of Naito Public Affairs, Lisa has successfully represented clients in the Oregon State Legislature, with Oregon’s Congressional delegation, at METRO and to counties and cities in Oregon.

Jason Renaud
is secretary for the Mental Health Association of Portland, and coordinates three projects for the organization, the Northwest Law & Mental Health Conference, the Oregon Housing Conference, and the Mental Health Alliance. He formerly managed research and development projects for the national nonprofit Compassion & Choices, and managed large tasks for NAMI, Central City Concern, and Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare.

Send sponsorship and exhibitor inquiries to Jason Renaud at: coordinator@olmhc.org

Nominations for the 2020 award for Oregon Advocacy Award are closed.

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