Community Listening Session on Mental Health

From Commissioner Sharon Meieran:

Multnomah County and Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) are conducting a study of the local mental health system.  HSRI will provide a quantitative and qualitative analysis of Multnomah County’s mental health system, including a detailed inventory of mental health services available in our community, connections between those resources, and funding and reimbursement mechanisms.

As part of the study, they are meeting with members of the community on Monday, December 11, to learn about experiences regarding current resources and needs, and hear thoughts on what a better mental health system could look like.  The goal of this community listening session is to help the County and the HSRI team understand how the system is actually working in Multnomah County so as to identify opportunities for meaningful change.

Community Listening Session on Mental Health
Monday, December 11, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Central Library in downtown Portland, U.S. Bank Room
801 S.W. 10th Avenue

Please see the Listening Session flyer for additional details, and RSVP here. If you can’t attend on the 11th but want to provide feedback, do so here.  You can reach Commissioner Sharon Meieran at district1@multco.us or 503-988-5220 with any questions, concerns, thoughts, comments or suggestions for this project.

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ONI’s 2017 Legislative Advocacy 101 Panel

Learn to be effective in advocating for your community at ONI’s 2017 Legislative Advocacy 101 Panel event!

Hear from government officials and advocates how to be an effective community advocate during next year’s Oregon state legislative session at ONI’s 2017 Legislative Advocacy 101 Panel event on Monday, October 30. The event will be in the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization’s (IRCO) community center at 10301 N.E. Glisan Street from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

City Commissioners Chloe Eudaly and Amanda Fritz will conduct a legislative community forum 7:25 to 8:30 p.m. to gather attendee’s input for the City’s state legislative agenda. They are seeking input on community issues and which issues people would like to see advanced by the legislature. There will be a group exercise to identify community and neighborhood priorities.

The first section of this event will have an advocacy panel of elected officials and professional advocates sharing advice and answering questions about how the community can make an impact on public policy at the state level. The panel consists of Representative Janelle Bynum (House District 51), Mary Moller from Governor Kate Brown’s office, OPAL’s Deputy Director Vivian Satterfield, and Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (Senate District 17). The panel will be moderated by Elizabeth Edwards from the City’s Office of Government Relations.

ASL Interpretation will be provided at this event. The City of Portland will make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities and people needing assistance with language interpretation and translation. Please contact by phone at 503-823-3093 or email marco.mejia@portlandoregon.gov by Monday, October 23rd to request accommodation.

TriMet transportation is possible by taking the #15 Belmont/NW 23rd and the #25 Glisan/Rockwood bus lines. The MAX Blue line stop at N.E. 102nd Avenue and Burnside is a few blocks from the IRCO community center.