Here is the PROGRAM (PDF) for the June 16 conference.

Over 280 people attended the June 16, 2017 Oregon Law & Mental Health Conference in Portland, Oregon for twelve interactive sessions, hearing from legal, clinical and experiential experts. We had a terrific keynote speech from MacArthur Genius Award winner Elyn Saks, everyone met Rojo the Therapy Llama.

Here’s what’s next.

Presenter Alex Bassos dashed from his presentation to the studios of OPB to appear on Think Out Loud. You can listen to Alex’s talk with host Dave Miller here.

Elyn Saks was interviewed in Street Roots Newspaper. You can read the interview online here.

In the menu bar above you can see a new page titled “Conference – 2017” That page has links to powerpoint presentations (as PDFs) and hand-outs, audio files for most sessions (a couple didn’t get recorded), and photographs taken at the conference. Check back after July 1 for video files for the keynote and two additional sessions.

We’ve posted conference photos from photographer Sharon Thomas here. Her photos of you and Rojo the Therapy Llama are here.

Thanks to our great sponsor Northwest Forensic Institute, LLC, we’ll be sending our info about continuing education credit soon. If you have questions about your CE credit for the conference, email OLMHC.2017@gmail.com.

Thanks for attending the Oregon Law & Mental Health Conference!


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

Who Should Attend?
The Oregon Law & Mental Health 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.

What’s The Format?
Twelve exciting presentations and panel discussions are each 90 minutes long with 30 minutes reserved for questions. Sessions are in three blocks of four sessions each, with 30 minute breaks in between session. An excellent buffet lunch will be served during a keynote address and coffee and snacks will be available all day.

Are scholarships available?

Scholarship registrations have been distributed.

Is there are lower student rate?
Yes! Our sponsors have made half-cost tickets available for full time students.

Is there continuing education credit?
Yes. CE credit is made available through Northwest Forensic Institute, LLC, and the American Psychological Association.

Is there credentialing for media?
Yes. Contact the Conference Coordinator for information.

What Is The Venue?
The 2017 one-day conference is at the Doubletree Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah Street, in Portland. There is all day parking and street parking. The Doubletree can be accessed by TriMet and Max trains.

What About Substitutions or Cancellations?
Substitutions may be made at any time. Written cancellations must be received by June 1; 75 percent of the registration fee can be refunded or donated to keep future conference costs low. All registration fees must be paid before the conference. Oregon Law & Mental Health Conference will not invoice after the event.

Is This Conference Tax Deductible?
Income tax deductions for expenses of education, including travel, meals, lodging, and registration fees, undertaken to maintain and improve professional skills are allowed under Treas. Reg. 1.162.5 and Coughlin v. Commissioner, 203 F 2nd 307, and subject to the tax reform act of 1986. Donations to the conference are tax deductible as by law.

What Should I Wear?
The conference attire is business casual.

Who’s Putting the Oregon Law & Mental Health Conference on?
The conference is a project of the Mental Health Association of Portland, a 501(c)3 all-volunteer organization supporting recovery from mental illness and addiction since 2003.

Who’s selecting the program for the conference?
The program committee is Juliet Britton, JD, Beckie Child, MSW, and Jason Renaud. Juliet is the Executive Director of the Oregon Psychiatric Security Review Board. Beckie is a professor of social work at Portland State University. Jason is the secretary of the board of the Mental Health Association of Portland and the Conference Coordinator.