IN THE NEWS: NAMI Southern Oregon

Welcome to NAMI Southern Oregon.png February 28, 2019

    NAMI Southern Oregon Organizes a Compassion Committee to Cope with Covid-19 

    The NAMI Southern Oregon Resource Library will be closed until further notice due to Jackson County Health and Human Services  limiting access to the building because of the pandemic.

    Further details are available on the Jackson County Health and Human Services Website

    In this pandemic, we are in this together, though we are apart.  Our wonderful NAMI Southern Oregon volunteers have stepped forward to field calls to help Read More

    The National Alliance on Mental Illness Southern Oregon (NAMI SO) announced today  they will officially oppose Jackson County’s proposal to create a new Jail Tax District, scheduled to appear on May’s ballot.

    NAMI SO lists their mission to advocate for people with mental illness as the primary reason for the opposition. “We are focused on the decriminalization of mental illness,” states Meesha Blair of the NAMI SO Steering and Advocacy Committees, “The new jail is being promoted as a way to Read More

    NAMI Southern Oregon Co-hosted a presentation from Eugene and Medford Around Jail, Diversion and Mental Health on December 17, 2019.

    The National Alliance on Mental Illness Southern Oregon (NAMI SO) joined Rogue Action Center (RAC) in co-hosting a presentation by Cheryl Stone, Court Administrator of the Eugene Community Court and Medford PD’s Chief Clauson who spoke about our local efforts on diversion, including the new Livability Team.

    The Eugene Community Court aims to improve public safety and reduce misdemeanor activity in the Read More

    The National Alliance on Mental Illness Southern Oregon (NAMI SO) hosted a presentation by the Sheriff and Health & Human Services Departments of Marion County, as a continued effort to encourage diversion programs in Southern Oregon.

    Jail Commander Tad Larson (Institutions Division, Salem) and Ann-Marie Bandfield, MSW (Program Manager, Acute & Forensic Behavioral Health, Marion County Health & Human Services) traveled to Medford to deliver the presentation, which was open to the public. They discussed their success with diversion and de-escalation Read More

    National Alliance on Mental Illness Southern Oregon (NAMI SO) Position Regarding Jackson County New Jail Proposal

    The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) continues to hold that incarceration is not the appropriate response to mental illness, as mental illness cannot be punished away. At both the national level and the local Southern Oregon (SO) affiliate levels, NAMI will continue to call for alternatives to incarceration and for creative diversionary efforts in our communities.

    In relation to the issue of incarceration and mental health, Read More

    Tell Congress to help prevent suicide.

    Ask them to cosponsor H.R. 4194, the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act.

    Too many lives are cut short by suicide. The national suicide crisis is affecting our friends, our families, and our communities. And tragically, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people ages 10-34.

    A new bill introduced in Congress hopes to help change that.

    The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, H.R. 4194, is a bipartisan bill that would create an easy-to-remember 3-digit Read More

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