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Gearhart Police Chief Jeff Bowman stands for a portrait next to his patrol car on the beach in on February 9, 2021 in Gearhart, Oregon.

Oregon Coast police chief draws line in the sand on mental health calls

A new directive from Gearhart police chief Jeff Bowman limiting the kinds of mental health calls his officers will respond to, places his small department at the vanguard of policing in the state and situates him as an outlier among departments typically hostile to sweeping systemic changes.




Rep. Janelle Bynum, D-Clackamas, attends an Oregon House session on Monday, April 29, 2019, in Salem.

Oregon’s mental health system falls short for people of color. A state lawmaker is trying to change that

Over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s become clear that Oregon doesn’t have enough therapists to meet everyone’s needs. For Oregonians of color, therapists that provide culturally competent care are scarce, partly due to the shortfalls of Oregon’s mental health care system. Here's what one Oregon lawmaker is doing to try and change it.


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