Keynote Speaker

elynsaks2Elyn Saks is Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law; Director of the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics; Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine; and Faculty at the New Center for Psychoanalysis. She served as USC Law’s associate dean for research from 2005-2010 and also teaches at the Keck School of Medicine. Professor Saks received her JD from Yale Law School, and a PhD in Psychoanalytic Science from the New Center for Psychoanalysis. She was also awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Pepperdine University.

Saks writes extensively in the area of law and mental health, having published five books and more than fifty articles and book chapters. Her research has included the ethical dimensions of psychiatric research and forced treatment of people with mental illness. Her memoir, The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness, describes her struggles with schizophrenia and her managing to craft a good life for herself in the face of a dire prognosis. She has won numerous honors, including a 2009 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship.

Program Highlights – subject to change

The Community Perspective on USA v. Portland
Ashlee Albies, JD – attorney for the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice & Police Reform
Kristen Chambers, JD – attorney for the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice & Police Reform
T. Allen Bethal, Co-Chair of the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice & Police Reform

The Public Defense for People with Mental Illness
Alex Bassos, JD – Director of Training and Outreach at Metropolitan Public Defender Services

Diverting Justice-Involved Individuals with Mental Illness
Jason Myers – Marion County Sheriff
Walt Beglau, JD – Marion County District Attorney
Melissa Allison, JD – Marion County Deputy District Attorney
Troy Clausen – Marion County Undersheriff
Anne-Marie Bandfield, MSW – Marion County Psychiatric Crisis Center

Understanding the Psychiatric Security Review Board: From Arrest to Supervision
Juliet Britton, JD – Executive Director at Oregon Psychiatric Security Review Board
Maya Lopez, MD, Luke-Dorf, Inc., and OHSU Department of Psychiatry
Harris Matarazzo, JD, PSRB Defense Counsel – prefers phone contact
Craig Johnson, JD, Oregon Assistant Attorney General
Elena Balduzzi, Psy.D, PSRB Board Chairperson (adults)
Lynn Jones, PSS and PSRB Client

Unity Center – Just Getting Started
Chris Farentinos, MD, MPH – Vice President, Unity Center for Behavioral Health

ORS 161.370 – Aid and Assist from the Judicial Perspective

Judge Edward Jones – Chief Criminal Judge at Multnomah County Circuit Court
Judge Kathie Steele, Judge at Clackamas County Circuit Court
Judge Patrick Wolke, Judge at Josephine County Circuit Court
Micky Logan, Director of Legal Affairs at Oregon State Hospital

Unintended Consequences of Recreational Marijuana Legalization
Libby Stuyt, MD – Medical Director, Colorado State Hospital

US DOJ Civil Rights Division work in Oregon: USA v. City of Portland, Lane v. Brown, and The Oregon Mental Health Performance Plan

Adrian Brown, JD – Assistant United States Attorney, Civil Rights Coordinator, District of Oregon
Bob Joondeph, JD – Executive Director of Disability Rights Oregon

Police Presence During a Mental Health Crisis: Help or Hindrance?
Meg Kaveny, LCSW – Project Respond, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare
Brenton Gicker, RN, EMT – CAHOOTS
Juliana Wallace LCSW, CADC III – Unity Center for Behavioral Health
Karen James – ReEntry & Mental Health Action Team – Moderator

A Merry Go Round That Never Stops: Mental Illness in the Multnomah County Detention Center

Bob Joondeph, JD – Executive Director of Disability Rights Oregon
Sarah Radcliffe, JD – staff attorney & report author at Disability Rights Oregon

Lawyer Wellness: Substance Use and Mental Health Challenges within the Legal Profession
Douglas Querin, JD, LPC – Oregon Attorney Assistance Program

Persons with Lived Experience Work in the Trenches
LaFreda Ceaser, MSW, PSS – Central City Concern
Janie Marsh, PSS – Mental Health Association of Oregon
Johnnie Gage, PSS – ASPIRE, Inc.
Tonya Jones, PSS – Mental Health Association of Oregon
Beckie Child, MSW – Portland State University – Moderator