Here are the four enduring projects of the Mental Health Association of Portland:

Law & Mental Health Conference
The 2021 Law & Mental Health Conference was July 19 & 20 – on the Impact of Alcohol on State and Local Governments

Public Housing Conference: COVID 19 and Homelessness
The Public Housing Conference was virtual and online during the month of December 2020, tightly focused on Homelessness and COVID with five municipal case studies – Phoenix, Las Vegas, Portland, Los Angeles. The Conference in 2020 included four municipal case studies on COVID 19 and Homelessness within the Ninth Circuit Court. Municipalities studied were Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Portland. Each city is within the Ninth Circuit Court’s ruling Martin v. Boise. The audience for the 2020 Oregon Housing Conference are national, knowledgeable, and keenly interested in what’s going right with COVID 19 – and what went wrong. We estimate the conference will be attended by 500 persons – clinicians and healthcare directors, housing developers and administrators, policy-makers, community leaders, law enforcement, and funders.

Mental Health Alliance
Organizations and individuals who represent the interests of people with mental illness and have long participated in efforts to reduce police use of force used against people with mental illness joined together as a friend of the court in US DOJ v. City of Portland. Organizational members of the Alliance include Portland Interfaith Clergy Resistance, Disability Rights Oregon, the Mental Health Association of Portland, and the Oregon Justice Resource Center. Supporters of the Mental Health Alliance meet regularly to hear from invited guests, discuss the organization’s advocacy and legal agenda, and prepare testimony for city, county, state, and Federal venues. To attend a meeting, send a message to

Alternative Mobile Services Association
Supporting Street-Level Alternatives to Police and Hospitalization

The Alternative Mobile Services Association is an emerging group of professionals and peers with the purpose of researching, assessing, and identifying best practice models of mobile response services that support or are alternatives to traditional 911 emergency response, police services, and unnecessary hospitalization. Additionally, the association seeks to promote networking and cooperation among providers, jurisdictions and allied stakeholders interested in alternatives to conventional policing.

The Alternative Mobile Services Association supports street-level alternatives to police.

What are Alternative Mobile Services?

Mobile services encompass a variety of responses to the immediate needs and crisis situations in the community. Mobile services can include street outreach vans that provide supplies and support to the homeless, mental health agencies that provide in-person mobile response to clients in suicidal crisis (either immediately or within 24 hours), police programs that pair a clinician with a police officer to respond to mental health related calls, and hospital-based outreach programs which provide services in their community. A mobile service is simply any service that works with high-needs populations and meets them where they’re at, in their own space, to get them the help they need in a moment of need or distress.

Alternatives to Police
The Law & Mental Health Conference brings together expert speakers with legal, clinical, and lived experience to discuss the conflict between law and mental illness. The Law & Mental Health Conference is designed for attorneys and law enforcement, public and private clinicians; public healthcare and hospital administrators, social workers, policy designers and legislators, and organizations and individuals involved with the care and welfare of people with mental illness, addiction, and alcoholism.

The 2022 Law & Mental Health Conference will be held in cooperation with the Alternative Mobile Services Association on Alternatives to Police – February 1 & 2, 2021 – digital and online to save both time and money.

Early Bird registration for the conference will open September 15, 2021.


Ebony Morgan of CAHOOTS
Ebony Morgan is a nurse and the Program Coordinator of CAHOOTS Mobile Street Response in Eugene, Oregon.

CAHOOTS is a mobile crisis response team that receives calls diverted from emergency services. CAHOOTS works with people in crisis from mental health issues, addiction, and homelessness. Team members of CAHOOTS de-escalate crisis situations and provide trauma-informed, client-centered care. CAHOOTS has been in operation in Eugene for more than 30 years.


Ebony Morgan, RN – CAHOOTS Program Coordinator
Laurel Lisovskis, LCSW – CAHOOTS Clinical Supervision Coordinator
Eric Rafla-Yuan, MD American Psychiatric Association Jeanne Spurlock Congressional Fellow at U.S. House of Representatives
Taleed El-Sabawi, JD, PhD Assistant Professor of Law at Elon University School of Law & Scholar at O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
Conference sessions will include presentations from currently operating mobile services and new services in the launching phase, with detailed information about data collection, contracting, staffing, integration with emergency services and law enforcement, innovation and inspiration.

Up to fourteen hours of continuing education credits will be available nationally through the National Association of Social Workers, for attorneys through the Oregon Bar Association, and for members of law enforcement through the Oregon Department of Public Safety and Standards Training.

Past Conference Speakers

2021 – Susan Cheever, David H. Jernigan PhD, Joel Ainsworth, Andrew Dyke, PhD, Linda L. Chezem, JD, Don Coyhis, Paul A. Gilbert PhD, Tiffany Hall, Bruce Lee Livingston, MPP, Mike Marshall, Nandita Murukutla, PhD, Rebecca Perl, Timothy S. Naimi MD, MPH, Alicia Sparks PhD, MPH, Mike Tobias, Cassandra Tourre, MPA

2020 – Ebony Clarke, LCSW, Alison Bort, JD, PhD, Joe Biel, Mellani Calvin, Faith Harper, PhD, Joseph Green, Suzie Kuerschner, MEd, Brian Lindstrom, John Mullin, Anne Larson, Emily Cooper, JD, Ivanova Smith, Thaddeus Betz, JD, Sgt. Amy King, Melissa Fisher, Bruce Miller, MD

2019 – Bob Joondeph JD, Sandra Luckow, Billy Williams JD, Kevin Rau, Janet L. Holland LCSW, Ellen Ganley, Karen Perdue, Emily Cooper JD, Kim Mosolf JD, Tina Bialas, MA QMHP, CADC III, Anne-Marie Bandfield MSW, Commander Tad Larson, Undersheriff Troy Clausen, Melissa Allison JD, Sarah Radcliffe JD, Professor Aliza Kaplan JD, Mike Marshall, Michelle R. Guyton PhD, ABPP, Alexander Millkey PsyD, Laurie Robertson, Jonathan Meyer JD, J.P. Anderson

2018 – Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren, Judge Pat Wolke, Tamara Sale MA, Leticia Sainz LPC, Bob Joondeph JD, Sarah Radcliffe JD, Eric Martin MAC, CADC III, PRC, CPS, Joan Ayala MSW, Sean Syrek PSS, Edward Jones JD, Judge Heather Karabeika, Judge Cindee Matayas, Sid Moore JD, Rabbi Ariel Stone, Jo Ann Hardesty, Mark Schorr LPC, Cynthia Fowler MD, Jeffrey Howe JD, Mandy Davis LCSW, PhD, Natasha Tracy, Octavio Choi MD, PhD, Sheriff Mike Reese, Chief Deputy Nicole Morrisey O’Donnell, Chief Ron Louie MPA, Chief Pete Kerns, Brian Lindstrom

2017 – Elyn Saks PhD, JD, Libby Stuyt MD, Judge Juliet Britton, Stephanie Maya Lopez MD, Harris Matarazzo JD, Craig Johnson JD, Elena Balduzzi PsyD, Lynn Jones, Alex Bassos JD, Ashlee Albies JD, Kristen Chambers JD, Rev. Dr. T. Allen Bethel, Sheriff Jason Myers, Walt Beglau JD, Ann-Marie Banfield MSW, Judge Kathie Steele, Micky Logan JD, Sarah Radcliffe JD, Bob Joondeph JD, Meg Kaveny LCSW, Brenton Gicker EMT, RN, Juliana Wallace LCSW, Karen James, Chris Farentinos MD, MPH, Freda Ceaser, Janie Marsh, Johnnie Gage, Tonya Jones, Beckie Child, MSW, Doug Querin JD, LPC

Conference Sponsors and Partners for 2021

Oregon Health Authority & the Oregon State Hospital, Multnomah County Behavioral Health Division, Kaiser Permanente, Ganapati Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, Central City Concern, Providence Health & Services, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs, Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority, Bridgeway Recovery Services, Northwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center, Rainier Springs Hospital, Health Share of Oregon, Oregon Council for Behavioral Health, Mental Health & Addiction Certification Board of Oregon, Oregon Recovers, Oregon Department of Justice, Alcohol Policy Alliance