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The Oregonian – Oregon ‘community navigator’ program aims to ease transition out of state psychiatric hospital

By December 11, 2023No Comments

William Fransen smiling at the camera in a baseball hat and black jacket.Community navigator programs can mean the difference between mental health recovery and re-arrest for those with “aid-and-assist” status being released from Oregon State Hospital (OSH). This was the case for William Fransen, who faced instability and uncertainty after his arrest and release from Oregon’s state psychiatric institution.

“When someone is leaving OSH and entering the community, there’s a gap,” said Samantha Byers, Oregon Health Authority’s director of adult behavioral health. “Everything is coordinated, but there’s no one to help them navigate the communication and all the systems we have to go through.”

Learn more about the coordinated efforts in place between New Narrative’s Polaris peer program and Washington County; read the latest article from the Oregonian covering mental health and the importance of peer programs such as our Polaris program.

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