OP Gala “Night at the Museum” Pictures!

May 28, 2010

Click here to see lots of great pictures from the event.

See you all next year!


Oregon Partnership Launches New Military Helpline

May 21, 2010

 

 Answering the challenges that the state’s military service members, veterans and their families face, Oregon Partnership has added a groundbreaking Military Helpline to its crisis lines services.

OP will utilize its years of knowledge and expertise in dealing with confidential crisis intervention and sensitivity to military issues.

The new Military Helpline bridges the access-to-service gap that many of these Oregonians face, especially after returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Suicide and mental health issues are at record levels among American soldiers – in the war zone and after returning home.  The six months after soldiers come back to their families is a “window of risk” for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental health issues.

“Over the past year, we’ve gotten calls from some 1,200 veterans on our crisis lines,” says David Corse, OP Crisis Lines Operations Director. “But that’s the tip of the iceberg. With our new line, we can reach out to Oregon National Guard Members, veterans and others and let them know we’re here for them.”

888-HLP-4-VETS OR 888-457-4838

That’s the number to call.               

After experiencing war, getting on with their lives at home can be overwhelming for returning soldiers and their families. Encountering obstacles to accessing services for mental health issues, substance abuse and suicide intervention only adds to their difficult challenges.

Barriers to accessing services could include concerns about confidentiality, lack of knowledge about services eligibility with the VA and elsewhere, and reluctance to reach for help with a military culture for fear of being perceived as week.

In recent months, several thousand Oregon soldiers have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Military Helpline serves its callers 24-hours a day providing:

*Immediate mental health assistance and service referrals in addition to suicide crisis intervention from a team of military veterans and trained volunteer crisis workers.

*Direction from an experienced team of clinical and operations professionals.

*Specialized referrals to services provided by the VA, vet centers, and reintegration teams, as well as to a myriad of community based services.
OREGON PARTNERSHIP

Founded in 1993, Oregon Partnership is a 501-3c non-profit organization whose mission is to end substance abuse and suicide.
 
OP is the state’s leading non-profit organization that promotes healthy communities through drug and alcohol awareness, prevention programs, and 24-hour crisis lines for treatment referral, crisis counseling, and suicide intervention.

OP’s crisis lines are now receiving more than 35-thousand calls annually,

To learn more, visit www.orpartnership.org


S.W. PORTLAND TOWN HALL TARGETS UNDERAGE DRINKING AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE

May 14, 2010

 A town hall comprised of teens, parents, and community members will address local attitudes, challenges, and solutions surrounding the issue of underage drinking and drug abuse.

The event is part of the Multnomah County Underage Drinking Pilot Project and is a collaborative effort among Multnomah County, Oregon Partnership and Wilson and Marshall High Schools.

A student team at Wilson High School has been meeting every week since December of last year, collecting data from fellow students and researching local alcohol and drug issues.  

The students will be sharing their survey results at the town hall and joined by community members from local schools, neighborhoods and businesses.
WHERE: St Barnabas Episcopal Church
                 2201 S.W. Vermont Street
                 Portland, Oregon 97219

WHEN: 7-9 p.m. Monday, May 17, 2010
PROJECT GOALS:

*To develop a youth-led media campaign to create policies that maintain a healthy and safe environment.

*To create partnerships in the community to raise public awareness.

*Assess minor-in-possession policy and enforcement and recommend positive changes.

*Collect data about underage drinking and substance abuse using community surveys, focus groups and the Student Wellness Survey.
OREGON PARTNERSHIP

Founded in 1993, Oregon Partnership is a 501-3c non-profit organization whose mission is to end substance abuse and suicide.
 
OP is the state’s leading non-profit organization that promotes healthy communities through drug and alcohol awareness, drug prevention programs, and 24-hour crisis lines for treatment referral, crisis counseling, and suicide intervention.

OP’s crisis lines are now receiving more than 30-thousand calls annually, including an increasing number of calls for help from veterans and returning soldiers.  As a result, OP has recently begun offering more outreach and assistance to the military community in Oregon.

To learn more, visit www.orpartnership.org


Oregon Partnership Praises Prevention Emphasis in White House Drug Control Strategy

May 12, 2010

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FROM OREGON PARTNERSHIP***

Contact:  Pete Schulberg

503-244-5211

OREGON PARTNERSHIP PRAISES PREVENTION EMPHASIS IN WHITE HOUSE DRUG CONTROL STRATEGY

(Portland, Or)  Oregon Partnership President/CEO Judy Cushing, on hand in Washington, D.C. for the announcement of the new National Drug Control Policy, has praised the focus on prevention to reduce drug use in the United States.

“This balanced approach includes a genuine emphasis on drug prevention and treatment along with enforcement,” said Cushing after meeting late Tuesday with Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy and other members of the White House Office of the National Drug Control Policy.

The strategy emphasizes the development of community-based prevention programs focused on young people, early intervention opportunities by health care providers, and helping communities implement evidence-based prevention initiatives.

For more on the National Drug Control Policy, click here: http://ofsubstance.gov/blogs/pushing_back/archive/2010/05/10/51127.aspx

“We commend Mr Kerlikowske for taking many months to hold listening sessions with a variety of groups, including Oregon Partnership,” said Cushing.  “Input from these groups is evident in elements of the strategy.”

This past January,  Kerlikowske visited Oregon Partnership’s headquarters to meet with Cushing and OP staff and toured OP’s Crisis Lines Center.  He also met with members of CARSA (Community Action to Reduce Substance Abuse) among other prevention and treatment organizations.

The strategy is the first plan by the Obama White House to reduce the country’s rate of drug abuse. It calls for reducing the rate of youth drug use by 15 percent over the next five years and similar reductions in chronic drug use, drug abuse deaths and drugged driving.

Cushing applauded the new focus on “drugged driving,” saying most Americans are not aware of the extent to which drugged driving is a serious problem.  “Teens and adults under the influence of drugs should not get behind the wheel – too much is at stake.”


Oregon Partnership Backs New Drug Control Policy

May 11, 2010

 

Oregon Partnership supports today’s announcement of a new National Drug Policy, which places a larger emphasis on drug prevention and treatment.

OP’s Judy Cushing is meeting in D.C. with Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy.  See his remarks on the link below.

http://ofsubstance.gov/blogs/pushing_back/archive/2010/05/10/51127.aspx


Oregon AG Proposes New Alcohol and Drug Plan

May 10, 2010

From Oregon Attorney General Kroger on a prevention report submitted to the Governor: 

When I ran for Attorney General, I called for a major improvement in the state’s alcohol and drug prevention and treatment programs. This issue is a major priority for me because substance abuse in Oregon causes crime, fuels child abuse, damages public health, destroys families, drives up state and local budget deficits, and limits economic productivity.
 
During the 2009 session, I asked the Legislature to create a state Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission to research and propose these reforms.

 Governor Kulongoski.
 
The report calls for:
The creation of a new state director of alcohol and drug policy to coordinate our currently fractured efforts and set clear priorities;  The creation of a first-rate substance abuse prevention program to keep our kids off drugs and alcohol; Significant changes to delivery of drug treatment services in light of the national health care reform legislation; and The implementation of a standardized reporting system to measure program performance and ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely.
 
I am convinced Oregon can do better. If you agree, please take a moment to read this report. Creating a first-class drug prevention and recovery system will not occur overnight. It will take strong, consistent effort over many years. However, if our efforts succeed, we will see three important results: Less crime, state budget savings, and decreased human suffering. If you have comments or questions please do not hesitate to contact my office at attorneygeneral@doj.state.or.us.

Here’s the full report: 

http://www.doj.state.or.us/pdf/alcohol_and_drug_policy_report_to_the_governor.pdf


OP’s Military Helpline Up and Running!

May 7, 2010

Oregon Partnership’s confidential Military Helpline is here to help 24 hours a day…one call at a time.

888-HLP-4-VETS

The best source of support for our returning soldiers, vets, and their families comes from those who have been there. If you have passion for helping fellow vets and can volunteer your time, give us a call for more information.

Seeking services for mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention can be challenging.  But that’s why the Military Helpline has sprung into action.  OP will integrate its years of knowledge and expertise with anonymous, confidential crisis intervention and sensitivity to military specific issues.