Norman Ornstein is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he studies politics, elections, and the US Congress. He is a co-host of AEI’s Election Watch series, a contributing editor and columnist for National Journal and The Atlantic, a BBC News election analyst, and the chairman of the Campaign Legal Center.

Norman is an advocate for treatment for people with mental illness. His son Matthew died in 2015 at age 34 of carbon monoxide poisoning. He is the author of many articles on Matthew and on mental illness, and has created The Matthew Harris Ornstein Memorial Foundation to reflect the values, passions and life of his son.

Yale professor and documentary filmmaker Sandra Luckow will join us to screen her award-winning film That Way Madness Lies at the OSHU Auditorium on the evening of February 7 for all attendees of the conference AND A PARTNER. There will be a question and answer session after the screening. This screening is made possible in part by the OHSU Department of Psychiatry.

“Most honest portrayal of how severe mental illness ravages families and lives that I’ve seen!” – Pete Earley, author of CRAZY: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness 

The Oregon Advocacy Award is given annually at the Northwest Law & Mental Health Conference to a great advocate for people with mental illness and addiction in Oregon. The Award represents the perspective of persons represented by advocacy – persons who have experienced mental illness and addiction.


  • Federal Enforcement of State Marijuana Laws – with Billy Williams, US Attorney for Oregon
  • Police Training in the NW, a State by State Overview – with Kevin Rau of DPSST and Carol Speed of GOBHI / CITCOE
  • The Secret of Morningside Hospital – with Ellen Ganley of Information Insights in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Getting Out of Jail and Getting Well – with Tina Bialas of Bridgeway Recovery
  • Leaving Prison with a Mental Illness – with Brian Martinek of the Northwest Regional Re-Entry Center
  • Law Enforcement for Social Workers – Ann-Marie Banfield – Marion County Psychiatric Crisis Center and Tad Larson of Marion County Sheriff’s Department
  • Discharge the Oregon State Hospital – The Warm Handoff – with Dolly Matteucci of the Oregon State Hospital
  • Scaling Up Mental Health Courts – with Washington State Senator Manka Dhingra – PENDING
  • Psychiatric Boarding – the Bottleneck Which Breaks the System – with Jangho Yoon, PhD of Oregon State University