The Center Collaborative

Creative Solutions in Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice

From the Oregon Center on Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice, the Center Collaborative podcast shines a light on partnerships that are moving the dial, leading to better solutions and outcomes for people who may become involved with the justice system due to experiencing behavioral health, intellectual/developmental disabilities, or neurocognitive concerns.

We talk with guests representing prominent voices from government, the judicial system, public safety, healthcare, and the broader community throughout metropolitan and rural parts of Oregon.


Episodes will be released every other week beginning Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

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Episode 1: Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD): Addressing the Needs of a Hidden Population

Diane Scottaline, Executive Director of The Arc of Benton County, and Members of The Arc of Benton County, John and Cody, discuss: 

  • What kinds of disabilities are included in this population?
  • Why is the community experiencing I/DD considered a hidden population regarding the intersection of behavioral health and criminal justice? 
  • The importance of providing accommodations, not just services.
  • The use of CommCards to support communication and accommodation in educational, medical, and legal settings.

Link to CommCard application from the Arc of Benton County

Episode 2: How Treatment (Specialty) Courts Change Lives

Danielle Hanson, Oregon Judicial Department Statewide Specialty Court Coordinator, discusses: 

  • What are treatment/speciality courts? 
  • How do they work?  
  • How do they change lives? 
  • Why is it important to adhere to evidence based practice? 
  • How have the courts adapted to COVID?

Episode 3: Klamath County: Yoga for trauma work and other innovations in a rural community

Stan Gilbert, Klamath Basin Behavioral Health (KBBH) Executive Director, discusses how collaboration with community stakeholders has resulted in the following innovations:

  • Behavioral Health embedded in the Community Corrections office, resulting in same day warm handoffs to behavioral health staff upon first check in upon release from prison/jail.
  • KBBH’s certification as a yoga studio, so therapists can be certified in yoga for bodywork for trauma work. 
  • KBBH’s certification as a Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHC), which has been a gamechanger for funding, and thus has fueled more innovations.
  • Klamath County stakeholders’ commitment to braided funding to support the upcoming sobering center.

Episode 4: Beacons of Hope in Multnomah County: Commissioner Sharon Meieran

Commissioner Sharon Meieran, Multnomah County Commissioner, lawyer, and ER doctor discusses:

  • What fuels her passion for her work around behavioral health as a commissioner and an ER doctor; 
  • The importance of intervening upstream and meeting people where they are when providing behavioral health and wraparound services, as well as the importance of engaging people with lived experience while designing interventions;
  • How Sequential Intercept Mapping (SIM) helps identify gaps, opportunities, and duplications within the behavioral health and criminal justice systems; and
  • New programs in Multnomah County: provider-based crisis response; a no wrong door crisis center with drop off or walk in to access services; a resource and respite center with peers to meet people where they are along with a mental health based shelter and longer term transitional housing. 

Episode 5: It’s All About Relationships: The Evolution of a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program and Mobile Crisis in Coos County

Ross Acker, Advanced Health CCO Director of Coordinated Care & a Licensed Professional Counselor; Megan Ridle, Coos Health and Wellness Brief Treatment Crisis Services Manager & a Licensed Professional Counselor; and Kelley Andrews, Retired Coos County Sheriff Office Captain discuss:

  • Building relationships with partners from the ground up;
  • The evolution of partnerships and programs within Coos County; 
  • The importance of CIT being about relationships and not just a training; 
  • Coos County’s work on starting a sobering center; and
  • Discussion of cases that highlight the importance of behavioral health and law enforcement working together. 

For more information about CIT in Oregon, visit OCBHJI’s CIT page. For more information about the partnership between OCBHJI and DPSST via the Crisis Intervention Teams Center of Excellence (CITCOE), visit our CITCOE page

Episode 6: Marion County Crisis Services: Cultivating Engagement in Treatment and Promoting Public Safety Through A Compassionate Approach

Ann-Marie Bandfield, Manager of Crisis Services for Marion County Health and Human Services, discusses:

  • How Marion County’s 24/7 Psychiatric Crisis Center (PCC), which just celebrated its 25 year anniversary in August 2020, got started and how it focuses on community based services;
  • The business culture focusing on compassion and welcoming service, as well as building trust over time with consumers; 
  • Thinking outside the box regarding small steps to support psychiatric and social stability; and
  • Starting small to build services over time within the community.