Cascadia’s Gala Bridges a Culture of Caring

With its inaugural Gala, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare set an exceptional fundraising record in support of the new Garlington Health & Wellness Center due to open spring 2018   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  April 17, 2017    [...]

Building a Culture of Caring

Building a Culture of Caring - The Capital Campaign for Integrated Healthcare The stories of healing, homes and hope come together in this dynamic video that highlights Cascadia's goals for the new Garlington Health & [...]

Cascadia Behavioral Health Tapped for Federal Pilot Program Expanding Mental Health and Substance Use Services for Oregonians

As of April 1, 2017, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has become a Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHC) as part of a national pilot program to measure the benefits of expanding the integration of mental, substance use and physical health care.

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare Secures New Markets Tax Credits for Garlington Campus

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare Secures New Markets Tax Credits for Garlington Campus One Step Closer to New Innovative Integrated Health Care Center in Eliot Neighborhood   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  March 17, 2017    PORTLAND, OR – [...]

March is Gambling Awareness Month

  March is problem gambling awareness month. Did you know that around 81,000 Oregonians currently meet criteria for problem or disordered gambling (Moore, 2006)​. Unfortunately only about 2% seek treatment each year. This may be because [...]

Watch: Garlington Construction Underway

Cascadia Garlington Video Series: Garlington Demolition from Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare on Vimeo.   Cascadia's Behavioral Healthcare's Garlington Center building has been a special part of the Eliot Neighborhood for nearly 80 years. We recognize and [...]

Fundraising Challenge Announced

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare Announces $500,000 Fundraising Challenge Match from FamilyCare Health in Support of Cascadia’s Capital Campaign for New Community Healthcare Clinic FamilyCare Health’s fundraising challenge supports Cascadia’s Building a Culture of Caring capital campaign [...]

Steel Door Gallery and Shaffer Fine Art present “Volke: A Retrospective”

Steel Door Gallery and Shaffer Fine Art will present “Volke: A Retrospective” Featured Artist: Bob Volke (1958 - 2016) Show Run Dates: January 21st – February 4th 2017 Bob Volke masterpieces being displayed [...]

Portland Woman Organizes Hike for Mental Health

Christine Dykema will lead a hike through Indian Point Loop to raise awareness and funds for the links between hiking and mental health. Christine Dykema will lead a hike through Indian Point [...]

Cascadia Speaks with KGW About Mental Health

One in five people in Oregon face a mental health challenge. Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare's CEO, Derald Walker and Trillium's Lynn Logan joined KGW's Straight Talk host, Laural Porter to discuss mental health and how we [...]

Cascadia’s Homeless Services’ Street Outreach Team Receives Wells Fargo Grant

(Left to Right) Cascadia President & CEO, Derald Walker, Ph.D. and Sr. Director of Homeless Services, Liora Berry receive a $6,150 grant check from Wells Fargo team members: Summer Rodriguez, Chiki Nussbaumer, Courtney Severson, [...]

Celebrating the Transgender Community

The month of November celebrates Transgender Awareness Month and the month of December celebrates Youth Transgender Awareness Month.  According to a 2016 Williams Institute study, 1.4 million adults in the United States identify as Transgender. [...]

Local Resources, Self Care Can Help With Post-Election Stress

Self Care Can Help with Post-Election Stress  By Samantha Matsumoto of the Oregonian   Before the election was even decided, more than half of Americans adults reported that it was causing them significant stress, according [...]

Garlington Center’s Move & Temporary Location

During the construction process for the new Garlington Center, which will combine affordable housing, a community wellness center, behavioral healthcare and primary healthcare, the current Garlington staff and services are being temporarily relocated.

Incorporating Wellness Into Recovery: Cascadia’s Peer Wellness Program

At Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, this work of supporting the Eight Dimensions of Wellness for individuals with mental and/or substance use disorders is a priority, and an ongoing effort of the Oregon nonprofit. In fact, Cascadia is one of the largest nonprofit safety net behavioral healthcare providers in Oregon focusing on mental health, addiction, and integrated health services. Their focus on wellness allows them to serve people in local communities in innovative and effective ways.

Learn About Clove, Cascadia’s Service Dog

by Senior Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Sandra Wilborn Clove at 10 weeks old The path to becoming an Assistance Dog is long and arduous. From birth, puppies are slowly introduced to [...]

KGW Live Chat Replay: Depression & Suicide Warning Signs

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare is taking part in KGW's Speak Up for Mental Health campaign, which is focusing attention on the treatment of mental illnesses and some of the challenges that mental health can have on quality of life.

Compliance Is No Guarantee of Safety

Compliance Is No Guarantee of Safety by Senior Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Sandra Wilborn   As I awoke to the news of yet another young, black man being shot and killed by police, [...]

Join Cascadia at Pride North West!

Cascadia is happy to announce that we will be participating in Pride North West on Saturday, June 18th and Sunday, June 19th!

Central Library Brings A Cascadia Social Worker On Board

Susan Voss-Rothmeier walks the halls of Portland's Central Library, a bag slung over her shoulder and a clipboard of resource lists in her hands. She looks for opportunities to discreetly approach people and quietly ask if she can be of help.

Raising Mental Health Awareness Through Art

May is Mental Health Awareness month and art has proven to be a contributing factor to a person’s mental well-being. Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare's Art Program started a year ago after clients collectively voiced that they wanted a way to [...]

Help Cascadia’s Gardens Grow By Donating To Our Garden Drive

Cascadia's Garden Donation Drive There is no denying the warm sun these past couple of days and that surely means that Spring is really here. With the warmer weather, you'll often find many more people [...]

Strategies: Cascadia Behavioral Health’s Survival Story

Later this year, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare will break ground on a gleaming $20 million center in Northeast Portland that will combine affordable housing and physical and mental health services.

The Brave One: Speaking Out About Mental Health

Anna Putnam is on her way back from bipolar disorder. Putnam was accepted into a group home in Oregon City operated by Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, where the staff worked with her to find the proper formula of medication that helped control her dopamine levels, but still let her feel her emotions.

Cascadia Problem Gambling Helps Within Prisons Walls

Cascadia Problem Gambling Counselor, Erin Cox stand in front of the Columbia River Correctional Facility. She and a handful of others are combating problem gambling with an innovative program called "GRIP."

MMT Awards $750,000 for Garlington Center

Meyer Memorial Trust Awards $750,000 for Cascadia’s Garlington Center Project   — Funds will support building a new integrated behavioral healthcare clinic and 50+ affordable apartments for Northeast Portland – A center offering innovative, holistic care [...]

Garlington Center Project Reaches Critical Milestone

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, July 21, 2015 PORTLAND, OR – This week Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare reached a critical milestone in its campaign to rebuild Garlington Center into a first-of-its kind development that will provide integrated [...]

Garlington Center Focus: Video on Rev. Garlington

Each week, hundreds of people walk through the doors of Cascadia’s Garlington Center in Northeast Portland to get the help they need. The video below includes archive news footage and home video about the center's [...]

Dr. Maggie Bennington-Davis to join Health Share of Oregon as Senior Medical Director

Dr. Maggie Bennington-Davis to join Health Share of Oregon as Senior Medical Director (Portland, OR) – Health Share of Oregon announced today the appointment of Dr. Maggie Bennington-Davis as Senior Medical Director of the Tri-County [...]

Garlington Wellness Garden Work Party

Wednesday, June 3 PORTLAND, OR — Volunteers from New Seasons Market’s Williams Store will lend a hand and help build a new trellis for the Garlington Wellness Garden in Northeast Portland this Wednesday, June 3, 2015 from [...]

Garlington Center

A renewal project offering HEALING, HOMES & HOPE for the people of Portland Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare is pleased to announce efforts to renew amenities and services along Portland’s historic NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard corridor. The [...]

Cascadia Partners with Multnomah County

Cascadia hosted the grand re-opening of one of its programs on Monday, December 8, 2014. In collaboration with Multnomah County’s Mental Health & Addictions Services Department, Cascadia’s new and improved Harriet Court will provide much-needed [...]

Cascadia to host grand re-opening of Harriet Court

PORTLAND, OR – Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare will host a grand re-opening of Harriet Court (7505 SE Henry Street, Portland, OR 97206) on Monday, December 8, 2014 beginning at 2:30PM. In collaboration with Multnomah County’s Mental [...]

Cascadia presents “Fear No Music”

Cascadia Presents “Fear No Music” – An Evening Celebrating Composers with Mental Illness, featuring the works of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Schumann and more. Please join us! Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 8:00 PM Venue:  Secret [...]

Healing Hurt People’s Positive Impact

Joshua Latham from Healing Hurt People, a hospital-based violence intervention program at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, works around the clock with victims of shootings, stabbings and assaults to offer the tools they need to end [...]

New Senior Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

As Cascadia strives toward becoming a more vibrantly diverse organization to better serve the communities in which we work and live, we are strategically focused on providing culturally competent, integrated care for our people and [...]

A note from Maggie Bennington-Davis, Chief Medical Officer

Our hearts go out to the friends and families affected by the school shooting in Troutdale. Maggie Bennington-Davis, Chief Medical and Operations Officer took a moment to reflect on why this is happening with more [...]

Meghan Caughey tells her story in the Lund Report

Cascadia's Senior Director of Peer Wellness Services, Meghan Caughey, opens up about her career choice and recovery with schizophrenia. Excerpt from the Lund Report: "Meghan Caughey was diagnosed with schizophrenia at 19. Now, after years [...]

Psychiatric Security Review Board – Trends and Changes Event

Join the Mental Health Association, the Psychiatric Security Review Board and Cascadia for an informative evening about what's happening at the PSRB. April 29 OHSU Auditorium Reception - 6:00 PM Presentation - 7:00 PM Presentation by [...]

Cascadia CEO discusses Oregon mental health system

Cascadia CEO Derald Walker had a chance to sit down with Ken Ackerman of Comcast Newsmakers and talk about the non-profit he helms and the state of the mental health system in Oregon. They discuss [...]

Healing Hurt People in focus by Portland Observer

Dr. Alicia Moreland and Healing Hurt People discussed Cascadia's hospital-based gang violence intervention program in a recent Portland Observer article. Here's a quote from Dr. Moreland: "We had a lot of people in my family [...]

Alisha Moreland of Healing Hurt People on KBOO

Cascadia's Director of our gang violence intervention program, Healing Hurt People, took to the KBOO airwaves to talk about how the program helps African-American youth. The discussion centered around its innovative approach to violence reduction, how [...]

Cascadia’s Nurse Margaret, making her dent in the universe

Cascadia prides itself on having some of the best (and nicest) nurses in healthcare. These are individuals who have dedicated themselves to serving those in the community living under the most challenging circumstances that are [...]

Cascadia scores at Bowling for Hope

Inspired by Mental Health Awareness Week, enthusiastic Cascadia vendors gathered at Grand Central Bowl on October 12 to compete in Bowling for Hope, a fundraiser for Cascadia. Nine teams from a few Cascadia vendors bowled [...]

On OPB: The recovery of Cliff Bedell with OPHI

Kristian Foden-Vencil of OPB sat down with OPHI client Cliff Bedell and Peer Wellness Coach Sybil Berkley to hear their stories of recovery and support. The interview paints a personal picture of this federal grant-funded [...]

50 stories of recovery commemorate the Community Mental Health Act

From the National Council: Far too often, mental illnesses and addictions make the headlines only in the wake of tragedies, while stories of hope and courage get little attention. The National Council for Behavioral Health [...]

Chad Brown of Healing Hurt People discusses the healing power of the outdoors

Chad Brown, of the Healing Hurt People advisory board, founded a program called Soul River. He has found that connecting veterans and inner city kids with nature (through fishing) enhances healing and their sense of [...]

Behind the scenes with Project Respond and the Portland Police

Recently the Portland Police filmed a ride along with the Mobile Crisis Unit (a team within the Behavioral Health Unit). These are police who are trained in safe mental health intervention and each paired with [...]

Welcoming Oregon’s new Addictions and Mental Health Director

Cascadia is excited to be a sponsor in welcoming Oregon's new Addictions and Mental Health Director, Pam Martin, Ph.D. Pam is, at her roots, a community mental health person. New Mexico, where she served mental [...]

NEWS COVERAGE: Cascadia opens new integrated walk-in clinic

This past Friday, June 21 Cascadia and its partner OHSU held an open house to launch a new pay-as-you-can medical and mental health walk-in clinic at SE 43rd and Division in Portland. Besides being well-attended [...]

More healthcare integration at Cascadia

In addition to the recently launched Oregon Partnership for Health Integration (OPHI) at Cascadia (along with Outside In), we are pleased to announce another integrated healthcare program. This partnership with Oregon Health & Science University's Richmond [...]

OPHI helps consumer with significant step in his healthcare

OPHI, Cascadia’s integrated healthcare program helps consumers manage their mental and physical health needs. Recently, a Royal Palm residential consumer had a major breakthrough due to help from the program. Filling out paperwork may not [...]

Open Meadow High School raises $1895 for Healing Hurt People

The students at Open Meadow High School decided in May that they would strive to raise $2000 for Cascadia's newest program, Healing Hurt People, which opens this month. Through the PGE Foundation's Community 101 program they raised a [...]

Help Community 101 & Open Meadow High Raise Money for Healing Hurt People

Come June, a new program partnership, Healing Hurt People, opens at Emanuel Medical Center. The cool kids at Open Meadow High School are more than half way to their goal of raising $2000 for the new program [...]

Mental Illness is a Brain Disorder: Thomas Insel, MD at TEDxCalTech

Thomas Insel, MD, Director of NIMH makes a very interesting case for the obstacles we create by insisting we use the label "behavioral disorder" instead of calling it what these disabilities really are: brain disorders. [...]

Mental illness: A difficult diagnosis with sometimes deadly consequences

From The Oregonian, March 2, 2013 When something as horrific as the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings occurs, human nature tells us to seek rational explanation, to ask why. That question doesn't get us very far. [...]

Cascadia CMOO, Maggie Bennington-Davis, part of important “call to action” panel

Maggie Bennington-Davis, Cascadia's Chief Medical and Operations Officer, was handpicked to represent the viewpoint on solutions mental illness in our community for a Call to Action panel convened by U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall in partnership [...]

Key Oregon lawmaker says it’s time to pay for mental health

On February 6 Oregon's behavioral healthcare system received a boost from the floor of the Legislature when one of its longest serving members called for a large increase in funding for mental health programs. Cascadia [...]

Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen proposes Mental Health First Aid

The Oregonian, February 1, 2013 -  Cogen expects the county, using contract trainers, to begin offering intensive, two-day seminars later this summer to "front-line responders" such as county workers, non-profit agency employees, teachers and even [...]

Cascadia’s Clackamas Problem Gambling Program in the spotlight

A front page article in the Clackamas Review, Beating the odds on addiction, recently profiled the many issues problem gamblers face and how they get help from Cascadia's Clackamas Clinic. Read the article

Derald Walker, CEO to present at upcoming OPEN MINDS Conference for Health & Human Services

As part of its 2013 Performance Management Institute, OPEN MINDS has chosen Derald Walker to be a panelist that brings in his expertise with managing the massive changes in Oregon behavioral healthcare. The panel is titled Managing [...]

Four new members join Cascadia Board of Directors, others depart

During Cascadia’s annual December Board meeting, held on December 13, 2012, we thanked outgoing Directors of the Board for their service, bid them farewell, and welcomed new members. Outgoing members include Commander Donna Henderson of [...]

Give by December 31

Cascadia friends, you have through Monday, December 31 to give your gift to Cascadia in 2012 while receiving excellent benefits in return. The Willamette Week offers a slew of excellent incentives for donating through the [...]

Coping with tragedies, like we experienced this past week

By Maggie Bennington-Davis, Chief Medical & Operations Officer The shooting in Connecticut is horrible, and is likely affecting all of us in varying ways. Many of us are also much affected by the shooting at [...]

Donate to Cascadia through the 2012 Give!Guide

Every year the Willamette Week encourages donations to Portland area organizations through the Give!Guide, and this year Cascadia is honored to be one of 110 non-profits working to raise collective Give!Guide donations of $1.7 million. [...]

Cascadia partners with Outside In for specialized integrated health care program

People with serious mental illness are dying too soon -- and Portland nonprofit groups Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare and Outside In are teaming up to do something about it. Bringing medical care to the mentally ill [...]

DOJ report receives response from Cascadia and Portland Police on OPB

Derald Walker, Casacadia CEO was asked his opinion during an OPB broadcast on how the mental health community feels about the report: "Derald Walker of Cascadia Behavioral Health says he hopes this will wind up [...]

2011 ANNUAL REPORT!

Check out our 2011 Annual Report for details on the impact we've made in the past year, and to see how far our dollars go toward helping the most vulnerable people in our community.

Mental Illness: What Felesia Otis Wants Us To Know

In The Skanner, Cascadia Board Member Felesia Otis shares her story of a son's life touched by mental illness. Felesia Otis says it’s hard to pinpoint the moment when her son Keaton became mentally ill. As [...]

Timbers Army sends Cascadia consumers to the game

For the second year in a row, the Timbers Army included Cascadia on its short list of organizations that they support with tickets to the popular local Major League Soccer team's pre-season games. From Angela [...]

Derald Walker quoted in Oregonian and OPB stories about police response to suicides

Portland Police Chief Mike Reese Tuesday morning went on the offensive, defending his officers' use of force as he presented a report to a downtown public safety group about the increasing number of suicidal calls to police in the city.

Next year a 9-1-1 mental health emergency call won’t automatically bring a Portland cop

Cascadia was part of a multi-agency team to develop the new Multnomah Call Center integration with 911. It launches in January. Read the story

New York Times profiles mental illness success stories

Written by Benedict Carey of the New York Times, Lives Restored is a fascinating read. It's a series of profiles about people who are functioning normally despite severe mental illness and have chosen to speak out about their struggles. [...]

Portland police using new ‘step back’ training to deal with people in mental health crisis

Among others in the professional mental health community, Derald Walker was quoted in a story about the most recent success in the way Portland Police handle cases of potential crisis involving individuals with a mental [...]

Oregon group wants to rein in use of mental health drugs

Meghan Caughey, Senior Director of Peer and Wellness Services at Cascadia, was featured in an Oregonian article about the growing debate over the long-term efficacy of psychiatric drugs. The article profiles a few individuals in [...]

Spreading the message about how to “Get Free Help”

Cascadia took to Tri-Met busses in August to let people know about the free help with gambling addictions that is available to anyone who lives in Multnomah County (also available in Clackamas County). One can [...]

Cascadia Board Chair Rick Cagen departs

The Board of Cascadia BHC announces the departure of Chair, Rick Cagen, an expert navigator during Cascadia’s financial crisis. He’s assuming the role of president of Silverton Hospital Network, precipitating this change. At the same time we welcome Captain Donna Henderson, Portland Police officer since 1988 and graduate of Lewis & Clark Univeristy’s Masters in Counseling program. […]

CFO Beth Barker Honored with Non-Profit CFO of The Year

The Portland Business Journal named Cascadia's Chief Financial Officer, Beth Barker, CFO of the Year at their annual awards luncheon on May 5. She was recognized for playing a major role in Cascadia's recovery after [...]

Cascadia’s Derald Walker Honored with National Visionary Leader Award

Derald Walker, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare is being recognized by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare with the 2011 Award of Excellence for Visionary Leadership. His visionary leadership not only saved Cascadia from bankruptcy, but has since expanded services and resources available in the community. […]

Mental Health Studied To Help Prevent Officer Shootings

A group of local police and mental health experts are in their ninth month of studying how to eliminate unnecessary Portland police encounters with people suffering from mental illness and have reviewed 40 nonfatal encounters [...]

Community Praise for Royal Palm in the Oregonian

Chinatown project: Royal Palm becomes a home for second chances

Bring Change 2 Mind – Actress Glenn Close Speaks Out

Bring Change 2 Mind - Actress Glenn Close Speaks Out

Cascadia Recovers Press Clipping

Portland Business Journal - Cascadia Recovers

Garlington Reopens Press Clipping

Portland Tribune - Back From The Ashes - Garlington Reopens

Rain Garden Press Clipping

The Oregonian - Rain Garden Article

Loan Repayment Clipping

The Oregonian - Cascadia Begins To Pay Back Loan

Cascadia CEO Steps Down Clipping

Portland Business Journal - Cascadia CEO Steps Down