Oregon Partnership’s Life Line Gets On-Site Boost

November 16, 2009

Oregon Partnership received a major show of support during a visit to the OP Crisis Lines Center this month from Brigadier General Mike Caldwell of the Oregon Military Department, Oregon National Guard Reintegration Team Director, Col (Ret.) Scott McCrae, and  U.S. Senator Ron Wyden.

Sen. Wyden assured OP board and staff members in attendance that he would be pushing for funding in a Senate appropriations bill that would allow OP to provide assistance for more veterans and returning soldiers.  Wyden said he considers OP’s LifeLine work with military men and women a “model project” when the need is severe and Oregonians are under such economic stress.

Judy Cushing, OP Board member Lon Getlin, Development Director Peter Jurney, Crisis Lines Director Leslie Storm, and Crisis Lines Assistant Director Deborah Zwetchkenbaum offered solid information and compelling examples of calls for help to OP’s suicide prevention line from an increasing number of Oregonians returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The presentations were received favorably with Caldwell, McCrae and Wyden all expressing appreciation for OP’s role in supporting Oregon’s soldiers and their families.  Wyden was especially interested in OP’s ability to make follow-up calls to insure that callers receive sufficient assistance in the days and weeks following their first contact with Life Line.
As Gen. Caldwell said, “Even if peace broke out around the world today, we would still have to take care of the 3,000 Oregonians who would be returning tomorrow.”
Following the briefing, Wyden, Caldwell and McCrae were given a tour of the crisis lines as part of their first-ever experience at the OP drug prevention offices.  And what is now a common occurrence, crisis line calls were coming in.


Repeal Oregon’s Medical Marijuana Act

November 5, 2009



  For those who believe the Oregon medical marijuana program is out of control, there’s a move afoot to get it on the 2010 ballot…

Initiative #32 repeals the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act and replaces it with a state-
subsidized program providing prescriptions using cannabinoids, synthetic cannabinoids,
and cannabinoid derivatives for persons with diagnosed debilitating medical conditions
if such prescriptions are not covered by insurance.


The Department of Human Services shall establish program rules including

1.      independent medical exam at state’s expense if eligibility of the program
must be determined

2.      establish the standards for determining validity of participants’ application
based on a medically reasonable diagnosis and necessity of prescription
for treatment of diagnosed debilitating medical condition

3.      establish participation requirements including applicants to be legal Oregon
resident for one year prior to application  

4.      require attending physician to monitor participants’ use in same manner as
a controlled substance

5.      define “attending physician”, “controlled substance”, and “diagnosed
debilitating medical condition”, and

6.      invalidate current medical marijuana cards on March 31, 2011