Telecare + NAMI Oregon Honor Senator Ron Wyden

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Oregon has chosen Senator Ron Wyden as the recipient of the 11th Annual Gordon and Sharon Smith New Freedom Award.



Created by NAMI Oregon in 2009 to honor the mental health advocacy efforts of former United States Senator Gordon Smith and his wife, Sharon, the New Freedom Award is presented annually and recognizes an individual or individuals for their leadership on mental health issues.

Telecare and NAMI Oregon leaders were present at Senator Wyden’s award ceremony on October 1 at the Portland Downtown Waterfront Marriott.

“Senator Wyden has been a champion for mental health for many years,” Jim Sechrist, Regional Director of Operations for Telecare’s Oregon programs, said.

As an organization, Telecare is a proud supporter of NAMI and its programs in the communities we serve. Together, we want to continue to raise awareness of the importance of mental health advocacy, reduce the stigma surrounding mental health disorders, and provide resources for those who may be in need of services.

To find your local NAMI chapter, click here.

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Shown in Photograph:

Back row from left to right:

  • David Ochoa, Clinical Director, CATC

  • Janet Bardossi, Floating Administrator, Northwest
    Chris Bouneff, Executive Director, NAMI Oregon

  • Jim Sechrist- Telecare Regional Director of Operations

  • Megan Chaloupka, Administrator, Gresham Recovery Center

Front row from left to right:

  • Lisa Naito, Lobbyist

  • Linda Reese, Vice President of Operations, Northwest, Telecare

  • Melinda Howard, Administrator, CATC

  • Jamie DeRuyter, Administrator, Woodburn Recover Center

California Launches Statewide Peer-Staffed Warm Line

Ahead of World Mental Health Day on Thursday, October 10, the state of California debuted a statewide mental health phone line to help those who need help, but aren't in crisis.

Most counties already run a suicide prevention hotline, however, only a few have a “warm line.” Warm lines, which offer emotional support and resource referrals for people who are experiencing depression, anxiety and other symptoms, are considered a lower level of care. They’re ideal for those who may need someone to talk to and are not suicidal.

During its initial launch, the warm line will be staffed for most of the day. Staffed by peers, individuals can choose to either call or text the line.

  • 7 a.m. through 11 p.m. (Monday-Friday)

  • 7 a.m. through 3 p.m. (Saturday)

  • 7 a.m. through 9 p.m. (Sunday)

By the end of the year, the call center is expected to operate 24/7.

The line is funded by $10.8 million from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first budget to expand the line statewide and operate it for the next three years.

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