The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Oregon (NAMI Oregon) is a statewide grassroots organization with more than 1,700 members in 14 affiliates; it is one of 50 state organizations that comprise the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).†† Our mission is to improve the quality of life of individuals living with mental illness and their families and loved ones through education, support, and advocacy. Our statewide toll-freeHelpline (800-343-6264) is answered by trained volunteers and staff who provide information and referrals to mental health resources.
NAMI Oregon's affiliates, which rely on the support of dedicated volunteers, are vital to providing programs and services locally to let you know you are not alone. NAMI Oregon also works to ensure that everyone affected by mental illness is represented wherever decisions are made. NAMI Oregon testifies before the state legislature, serves on state planning and advisory committees, actively partners with strategic coalitions, and participates in task forces and other policy forums.
Read below for the latest news and events at NAMI Oregon.
See NAMI Oregon Executive Director Chris Bouneff on KGW's Straight Talk discussing suicide prevention in Portland and Oregon's mental health services statewide.
Communication between care providers and family members of patients seeking treatment for mental illness improves the quality of care and reduces the risk of suicide for these patients. While confidentiality is a fundamental component of a therapeutic relationship, misunderstandings by clinicians about the limitations created by HIPAA, FERPA, and state laws for preserving confidentiality has caused unnecessary concern regarding disclosure of relevant clinical information.
To address this deficit of communication, the Oregon Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry published a checklist for mental health providers in 2012. The authors, Dr. Stewart Newman and Jerry Gabay (NAMI Oregon Board Member), have created a companion checklist to help families seek information from providers. Click here to view both the provider checklist and the family member checklist.
Yoga Teacher Training
Street Yoga, a non-profit organization that teaches yoga to youth and families struggling with homelessness, poverty, abuse, addiction, trauma and behavioral challenges, is offering a yoga teacher training January 10-12, 2014. CEUs are available from the National Association of Social Workers and Yoga Alliance. NAMI Oregon is supporting this event as a community partner. For more information, see the training flyer or contact Street Yoga.
Peer Advocacy and Community Supports
NAMI Oregon is now offering Peer Advocacy and Community Supports (PACS) appointments for Multnomah county residents. Started by staff at NAMI of Washington County, PACS is a one-on-one resource referral service to help individuals living with mental illness access a wide range of resources. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAMI Oregon is rebuilding its Community Resources webpage. We have added many new resources statewide and will continue adding more in the weeks to come. Please take a look. If you know of a resource in your community that falls under one of the categories covered and should be included but is not, please email the suggested addition to email@example.com.