New Details About Heeran Center Closure

EUGENE, Ore. — New insight Thursday about why the state suspended the license of a Eugene mental health facility. We’re learning that a recent runaway situation may have been a factor, but that wasn’t the only issue the state had with the Heeran Center. “[It’s] unfortunate and we don’t agree with the state’s decision on … Continue reading »

Living With a Mental Illness

EUGENE, Ore. — There are resources available for those living with mental illnesses, but not everyone diagnosed turns to them. Experts in Lane County say living with a mental illness can be difficult to accept because of the stimgas surrounding it. A Eugene woman diagnosed with bipolar disorder says her life was forever changed when … Continue reading »

Rapid Access Center Opens

EUGENE, Ore. — When a person decides to get help with an addiction, experts say timing is crucial. And that’s why a new kind of treatment center officially opened its doors Thursday in Eugene. It’s called the Rapid Access Center and Medical Clinic. The idea is someone with a substance abuse or mental health problem … Continue reading »

Health Expert Weighs In on Newport Case

EUGENE, Ore. — A crime so unthinkable has grabbed national attention. A mother allegedly threw her own child off the Yaquina Bay Bridge to his death Monday in Newport. Immediately, speculation about her mental health surfaced. This tragedy has once again put the issue of mental health into the spotlight. Jillian McCabe’s relatives told NBC … Continue reading »

Mental Health Programs Expand

LANE COUNTY, Ore. — One out of every three people will experience a mental health crisis at some point in their life, according to local behavioral health experts. The good news, Lane County recently received a big boost to help tackle mental illness to a degree previously unseen in the region. PeaceHealth Behavioral Health recently received … Continue reading »

State Laws Prevent Needed Help

EUGENE, Ore. — Staff at Lane County Behavioral Health Services say their hands are tied in certain situations. Tuesday night’s incident where a man allegedly attacked two women with a pick ax in Springfield is one example of that. The suspect’s mother in this case partially blamed the incident on the fact that her son … Continue reading »

Victim Details Apparent Pick Ax Attack

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A day after a man allegedly attacked two women with a pick ax in Springfield — the victims and the mother of the suspect are speaking out. One of the victims describes Tuesday’s attack as brutal and insane as the suspect repeatedly swung at them with a pick ax. “He would’ve caught … Continue reading »

Lane County Tackles Mental Health Issues

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County is taking major steps to help more people gain access to mental health services by earning a $500,000 training grant to tackle the issue. Lane County Behavioral Health Services Manager Katharine Schneider says many of those who frequent the Lane County Jail may share something in common. “People with a … Continue reading »

Local Mental Health Treatment Resources

EUGENE, Ore. — For some veterans, it can be mentally challenging to adjust to civilian life after military experience. Student vets at the University of Oregon say the mental health between veterans vary; some are just fine while others need the help, but not all people know about resources out there that can help. For … Continue reading »

Mental Health Services Expanding

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County Public Health is getting ready to expand its mental health services and a multi-million dollar grant is helping bring new programs to the county’s behavioral health program. This $2.4 million dollars will be split into six different areas, all working toward early intervention to help those suffering from mental illness. … Continue reading »

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