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A Bigger Look at Child Abuse in Central Oregon [bendbulletin.com]

By Kyle Spurr, The Bulletin, September 21, 2019 A recent child abuse conviction and a current trial have highlighted how tragic abuse can become. One case allegedly resulted in a 5-year-old girl starving to death. The other abuse case left a 2-year-old boy permanently injured. While those extreme examples are relatively rare in the region, child welfare officials say the problem is prevalent in many ways. Child abuse cases often involve physical and sexual abuse, neglect and exposure to...
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Acres of Hope: A Horse Ranch for at Risk Youth

Michael J Polacek ·
Acres of Hope is a youth ranch located just west of Salem, the Oregon State Capital. The picturesque setting looks like a horse ranch, but feels like a place of safety and belonging. Founders, Justin and Emmy Arana have created a sanctuary with the mission to share HOPE (Healing, Opportunity, Purpose, Education) with adolescents that are feeling HURT (Harmed, Unseen, Rejected, Traumatized). Together, staff will foster freedom for youth to create the connections they desire with nature, their...
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AFSP Campus Out of Darkness Walk at Western Oregon University

Michael J Polacek ·
Join us on May 17, 2019 Register Now Donate Walk Date: 05/17/2019 Walk Location: Main Street Park - Monmouth, OR Check-in/Registration Time: 4:00 pm Walk Begins: 5:00 pm Walk Ends: 6:00 pm For more information, please contact: Contact Name: Tim Glascock Contact Phone: 503-838-8379 Contact Email: glascockt@wou.edu Online registration closes at noon (local time) the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk from the time check-in...
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ASIST Training for Suicide Prevention

Michael J Polacek ·
This two day training session will prepare you at an advanced level to intervene with someone at risk for suicide. All veterans and veteran serving organizational staff are eligible for FREE registration thanks to a grant from the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs. Non-eligible participants fee is $200 that includes lunch each day, 12.5 CEUs, and materials. Register at: Mid-Valley Suicide Prevention Coalition SEP 16th and 20th from 8:30am to 5:30pm Colonel Nesmith Readiness Center 730...
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Beyond the Buzzwords: What Does Trauma-Informed Care Truly Mean? [madinamerica.com]

By Rachel Levy, Mad in America, May 20, 2020 On March 4, 2020, Rethinking Psychiatry (in Portland, Oregon) met for our monthly meeting. The topic was “Beyond the Buzzwords: What Does Trauma-informed Care Really Mean?” This subject turned out to be even more relevant, as we are now facing a global pandemic that is causing massive trauma. This was to be our last in-person meeting for the foreseeable future. We are continuing to meet online. Both our April and May meetings were held via Zoom...
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Community Impact Report 2017 - 2019 TRACEs

Please see the attached community impact report written by TRACEs in Central Oregon! From the report: Our story is right there in the name. TRACEs. Yes, it’s an acronym: trauma, resilience and adverse childhood experiences. But the real story happens when these letters are put together to form a word that means shadows, echoes, and imprints—like the long-lasting effects of trauma. This movement is about teaching people to see the traces; to see the shadows that trauma such as generational...
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Event - Mindfulness, Trauma, and Interpersonal Healing in Education

Tory Henderson ·
Thanks to Delena Meyer for sharing this on Facebook. Peace in Schools Presents Mindfulness, Trauma, and Interpersonal Healing in Education Sunday, January 12, 2020 in Portland, Oregon A conversation with Dr. Dan Siegel, Dr. Sará King & Caverly Morgan with moderation and research presentation by Gia Naranjo-Rivera "We invite you to join national experts Dr. Dan Siegel, Dr. Sará King, and Caverly Morgan in Beloved Community for an inspiring panel discussion, community conversation, and...
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Feeling Blue? Oregon Students Allowed To Take 'Mental Health Days' (npr.org)

Oregon's suicide rate has outpaced the national average for the past three decades. In an effort to combat stigma around mental illness, four local teen activists took matters into their own hands and championed a proposed state law. Oregon schools will now excuse student absences for mental or behavioral health reasons, as with regular sick days. In other words, if a student is feeling down, they can stay home from school without getting docked for missing classes. The law, signed by Gov.
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Frederick Douglas, "It's easier to build a strong child than repair broken men."

Michael J Polacek ·
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention holds annual community walks to raise awareness about suicide and to destroy the stigma behind mental health. What if prisons and jails could be places of healing and preparation for inmates to return to society and contribute as productive citizens? No other state addresses the inmates and correctional officers in this way and they conducted not one, but 6 Out of Darkness Walks in Oregon prisons. Suicide is the result of deeper issues and...
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How Neglect of Community Undermines Everything We Value

Michael J Polacek ·
This is an OP-ED by Dr. Mike Rowe, MD for the 2019 Oregon State Reform Conference Community is the source of all human value; there is no financial, physical or social capital without the human capital grown in communities. Yet since the 1980s we have systematically withdrawn direct support of human development within that most precious space. As a result, our ability to grow human capital as measured by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation fell from 6 th place in the world to 27...
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Integration of TIC in the Justice System [Trauma Informed Oregon]

I have avoided writing this blog because there is so much that needs to be addressed regarding the judicial system and trauma – the theme of this newsletter. But of course, it is this avoidance that I, we must resist because avoidance often perpetuates harm. To talk about the judicial system means we have to talk about racism, systemic oppression, power, economics, and trauma and that can feel overwhelming. Even what we call the system can lead to inaccurate assumptions and connections. For...
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Oregon Health Authority announces awards for 2020-2024 coordinated care contracts [OHA]

Oregon.gov, July 9, 2019 The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announced its intent to award 15 organizations contracts to serve as coordinated care organizations (CCOs) for the Oregon Health Plan’s nearly 1 million members. Eleven of the organizations are approved to receive five-yea r contracts, and four organizations are approved to receive one-year contracts. Awardees will now be evaluated for their readiness to deliver the services promised in their applications. Successful awardees will...
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Oregon Suicide Deaths for 2018 Continue to Rise

Michael J Polacek ·
Despite the many efforts to control suicide, there is little evidence that our approach is working. The lack of effective community consilience may be the missing link. To list just a few, The Self-Healing Community Model , Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) and the Resilient Community Model have been validated as offering that efficacy. Recently there was a conference sponsored by the Catholic Community Services introducing the Strong Families Resilient Neighborhoods...
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Road Map to Trauma Informed Care [Trauma Informed Oregon]

Programs, organizations, and systems that make a commitment to implementation will differ in many ways–from the service context, to the motivation for change, to hoped-for outcomes, and resources available. Nonetheless, in a developmental way, implementation moves through a number of common steps that we’ve tried to reflect in the Road Map below. The Trauma Informed Care Screening Tool (found below the Road Map) builds on the Road Map by delving into each phase and offering a series of...
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Salem Youth ERA Drop in and Support for Young People

Michael J Polacek ·
Sean Moriarty is the Program Manager and leads an amazing program for young people in the Salem area. Here is a quick overview: Youth ERA has participated and advocated on Mental Health Panels at the request of the county and high schools to provide information about Peer support and how to access it within the community to the students and parents of the Salem Keizer School District. Additionally, at the request of Sprague High school, Youth ERA provided peer support specialist for...
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Thrive Washington: 3rd Edition of NEAR@Home Toolkit Released

Thrive Washington is pleased to announce that the 3 rd edition of the NEAR@Home toolkit is now available and offers home visitors more guidance on how to safely, respectfully and effectively address Adverse Childhood Experiences with the families they serve. This new edition reflects what was learned when the toolkit was incorporated into a Facilitated Learning Process with 225 home visitors and 54 supervisors in the four states of federal Region X: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. It's...
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Trauma Informed Oregon Response to COVID-19 [Trauma Informed Oregon]

Editor's Note: This excellent letter was widely circulated today across Oregon to detail the response of Trauma Informed Oregon to COVID-19 and ask the grassroots to provide feedback on needs and experience during this challenging time. Dear colleagues, partners, and neighbors across Oregon, Trauma Informed Oregon (TIO) is OPEN —don’t worry, not physically open. We are absolutely following physical distancing to flatten the curve, to protect others, and to respect the great sacrifices that...
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Save the date! July 9! Join the call re the OR State Health Improvement Plan

Your voice matters! Your experiences, thoughts, perspective (and so much more!) matter! Want to see trauma informed practices? Efforts based on ACEs science? Mark your calendar and plan to participate - by phone or by Zoom. See details below. *See attached document for more background info :) Meeting notice: PartnerSHIP meets July 9th via Zoom What : A public meeting of the PartnerSHIP, which is tasked with developing the 2020-2024 State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP), to review and approve...
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Influential Foster Youth Forum Calls for Sweeping Changes to Address Racism, Mental Health Issues [thelundreport.org]

By Ben Botkin, The Lund Report, August 31, 2020 A forum for current and former youth in foster care has called for sweeping changes to help children who have suffered trauma, are entering adulthood or belong to communities of color. The recommendations are the product of the Oregon Foster Youth Connection Policy Conference, a biennial forum for lawmakers, state agency officials, advocates and others interested in the state safety net. The conference, sponsored by the advocacy group Our...
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State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Oregon (SERV-OR)

Michael J Polacek ·
VOLUNTEER NOW Oregon is facing a public health care crisis due to COVID-19. As a health care professional in Oregon, the State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Oregon (SERV-OR) needs your help today. SERV-OR is Oregon’s roster of licensed physicians, nurses, pharmacists, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), behavioral health providers, respiratory therapists and others who have registered to volunteer in response to local, state, and/or federal emergencies. Right now, health care...
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'A Better Normal:' Can universal ACEs screening be equitable? -- Concerns and solutions

Can universal ACEs screening be equitable? A conversation about concerns and solutions. When: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2-3:30 pm PDT/5-6:30 pm EDT This webinar explores what it takes to ensure that equity is built into the process of screening and providing support for families who have experienced trauma and want help. REGISTER HERE Background At the beginning of this year, California, through the ACEs Aware initiative began rolling out universal screening for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs),...
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"A Better Normal" Community Discussion: Suicide Awareness and Community Cafes

Join us on Friday November 6, 2020 from noon to 1:00 PST as we come together and join Satya Chandragiri MD, Bonnie O’Hern RN, Denise Proudfoot RN, & Michael Polacek RN for a discussion around the tinder issue of suicide. Together we will discuss ways people and providers can support each other and encourage communities to take action to support one another around suicide prevention, crisis intervention, and the layers of culture and structural barriers to care. A special emphasis will be...
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LIVE TO TELL: A Student-led Suicide Prevention Nonprofit (Oregon)

Student Driven. Mental health and suicide prevention is everyone's business. We're speaking up. A Youth Voice for A Youth Issue Our Vision Founded by a student and created for students, Live To Tell strives to make suicide a never event in the Salem-Keizer School District. In order to accomplish this, we believe the change has to come from us. Through advocacy, awareness, and education, we work to destigmatize the issue of mental health within the student body and to lead the conversation...
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Listening, Learning and Showing Up: Central Oregon's TRACEs Focuses on Root Causes of Trauma

Anndee Hochman ·
TRACEs’ work group on youth and children in foster care spent a good portion of the last year’s monthly meetings examining holes in the system: How would foster families be affected by changes in funding from the Oregon Department of Human Services? What would it mean for kids if Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) positions were cut? Most important, what did foster children and youth, their families of origin and their foster families need in order to thrive? “We put together a...
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'Death by a thousand cuts': Microaggressions lead to worse mental health for Oregonians of color [opb.org]

By Samantha Matsumoto, Oregon Public Broadcasting, November 5, 2020 When Andrea Redeau walks down the street in Portland with her father, people suddenly go into their houses and lock the doors. Thoughts start racing through Redeau’s mind: Is it because she and her father are two Black people walking in an overwhelmingly white city? Or is it just that those people needed to go into their house right then? But, Redeau said, the fact that she has to ask herself those questions at all show her...
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The Oregon Health Forum Presents: Saving Oregon’s Ailing Mental Health System

Ruthy Lindvall ·
Oregon ranks 50 th in the nation for access to behavioral health care! Total inpatient capacity is 1/3 of the recommended per capita level & there are only 20 active adolescent beds in Oregon. The Oregon Health Forum shared a panel that highlights ways in which we can save Oregon’s ailing mental health system. Hear from community leaders including; Senator Arnie Roblan, Steve Allen, Behavioral Health Direction from the Oregon Health Authority, Dr. Chandragiri, Salem-Keizer School Board...
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Community Wellness & Recovery Workshop Series

Ruthy Lindvall ·
6 more weeks of winter for us in Oregon, according to Stumptown Fil. While the winter weather & COVID-19 restrictions continue, are you (or do you know anyone) looking for some safe, virtual workshops that increase community resiliency & strengthen our mental health & wellness? If so, check out these amazing free hour-long workshops offered as The Community Wellness & Recovery Workshop Series, a partnership of the Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service (CCRLS) and...
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Oregon Lawmakers Discuss Bill that Could Eliminate Juvenile Court Fees [kezi.com]

By Associated Press, KEZI, February 6, 2021 During the 2021 legislative session, Oregon lawmakers, are discussing and considering a proposed bill that, if passed, would eliminate fees and court costs associated with juvenile delinquency matters. The fees being discussed include court appointed council, applying for court appointed council, financial penalties for unpaid fees, electronic monitoring, probation supervision and detention fees, explained Amy Miller, the executive director at...
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Oregon Health Authority March Meeting Notice

Michael J Polacek ·
Feb. 24, 2021 Contacts : Philip Schmidt, 503-383-6079 , philip.schmidt@dhsoha.state.or.us (media inquiries) Tara Chetock, 971-304-9917, tara.a.chetock@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation) What : A public meeting of the Oregon Health Policy Board. When : March 2, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Where : Virtual meeting only. The public can join remotely via Zoom or a conference line. To join via Zoom: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1602657497?pwd=emhzUnJsK1EzWk5rV0VpYTdjU3VrQT09 To call in...
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Eugene, OR's Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Street Program

Ruthy Lindvall ·
Eugene, OR: CAHOOTS 32 years ago the City of Eugene, Oregon developed an innovative community-based public safety system to provide mental health first response for crises involving mental illness, homelessness, and addiction. White Bird Clinic started CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets) as a community policing initiative in 1989 (White Bird Clinic).* The CAHOOTS model has been in the spotlight recently as the USA struggles to reimagine public safety. From the CAHOOTS...
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