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Years ago when I was a Deputy Sheriff we had a great resource to help the mentally ill we came across on our tours: Dammasch State Hospital.
How it worked: we would come across the person presenting per radio call or just by rolling up on them in the street. Assessment starts out of the car immediately: is the person drunk/not able to navigate. Response: CHIERS summoned and the person is taken to detox.
If the person presented differently and was not "centered", posed a danger to himself or others? Off to OHSU on a cilvil hold for a psych evaluation.
If the afflicted person is deemed by an admiitin OHSU psychiatrist to be an AMIP (Allegedly Menatlly Ill Person or 12-34 in cop talk) we were off to Wilsonville and introduced the AMIP into Dammasch.
Many times the Dammasch staff knew who we we bringing in as we went through the door.
Reports were Special reports. Not custody reports. This was civil procedure.
Then Dammasch was closed. Budget. The Feds and the state were supposed to provide safe housing, treatment and other services in the communities. Never happened. Hence the streets are the dumping ground for these people. Walk around downtown and see the fallout.
Possible answer. Call CHIERS with a mental team. Let them take the AMIP up to OHSU and go through the process through and to Cascadia.
The system is in failure. The police are the providers of last resort. Open 24/7/365.
posted 3 years, 1 month ago
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