About EASA

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Call 911, go to the emergency room, or call the local crisis line services if you need them.

Local Crisis Lines

Most counties in Oregon have their own local crisis line. Click on the county's name below to go to its page on this website that includes its phone number for crisis line services.

This list is arranged alphabetically by county

For a complete list of crisis contacts within Oregon, please visit the Oregon.gov list of crisis services

Find Help in Oregon

Are you or someone you know a young person experiencing psychosis? Please call these numbers to make an appointment with your nearest EASA team to receive information and support:

  • Baker County: (541) 523-3646
  • Clackamas County: (503) 710-8843
  • Clatsop County: (503) 325-5722 Ext. 201 or ask for Christie Taylor at (503) 298 7416
  • Columbia County: (503) 397-5211, Ext. 282 or 1-800-294-5211, Ext. 282
  • Deschutes, Crook, & Jefferson Counties: (541) 322-7576 
  • Douglas County: (541) 440-3532
  • Hood River, Wasco, & Sherman Counties: (541) 386-2620 x 4330
  • Jackson County: (541) 770-7744
  • Josephine County: (541) 244-3138 or (541) 244-3103
  • Klamath County: (541) 883-1030
  • Lane County:  (458) 205-7070
  • Linn County: (541) 967-3866 Ext. 2612 or (541) 967-3866 Ext. 2794
  • Malheur County: (541) 889-9167 x225
  • Marion County: (503) 576-4690
  • Multnomah County: (503) 988-3272
  • Polk County: (503) 385-7417
  • Tillamook County: (503) 842-8201 or (800) 962-2851
  • Umatilla County: 541-276-6207 (Pendleton) or 541-567-2536 (Hermiston)
  • Union County: 541-962-8853 or 541-962-8873
  • Wallowa County: (541) 426-4524 x1013
  • Washington County: (503) 705-9999
  • Yamhill County: (503) 583-552

Find Help in the U.S.

If you or someone you know is a young person experiencing psychosis outside Oregon, the Early Intervention for Psychosis Program Directory v.3 features a nationwide listing of programs. It is up to date as of October 14th, 2015. 

Questions & Answers

Mid-Valley Behavioral Care Network (MVBCN) coordinates EASA. MVBCN is an intergovernmental organization responsible for Oregon Health Plan mental health services in Linn, Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Yamhill Counties. Different agencies have staff assigned to the project, including Salem Hospital, Linn County Mental Health, Marion County Behavioral Health, Marion County Psychiatric Crisis Center, Polk County Mental Health, Tillamook Family Counseling Center, Yamhill County Mental Health and Abacus Program.

EASA serves young people ages 12 to 25 (15-25 in Multnomah County) who have had a first episode of psychosis within the last 12 months or who are experiencing early at-risk symptoms for psychosis, and their families. The goal of EASA is to identify individuals with a new psychosis as soon as possible in order to minimize the negative impact on their lives.

Early treatment of psychosis in the U.S. is a great example of a group of people “falling through the cracks.” Private health insurers and providers in the U.S. have had a tendency to view treatment for psychosis as the purview of the publicly-funded mental health system. Young adults who are most susceptible to onset of psychosis also have a higher likelihood of being uninsured. Many programs in the public system require individuals to have Medicaid coverage, which, in most places, means they have to qualify for as disabled through the federal government. This means it can take years for people to establish their qualifications for the care the need (and that assumes they have a proactive, persistent family advocating for them).

In addition to the financial barriers, evidence-based treatment for psychosis is not easily available in many locations. Many of the evidence-based practices have only recently been widely disseminated, and most of the medicines currently in use were developed within the last decade. It takes time for the system to catch up to current science.

MVBCN started EAST because one in four of the adults it serves have a psychosis-related disorder. MVBCN observed the long-term disabling effects of this condition, and sought out effective methods to reduce the level of disability associated with this illness. MVBCN’s search for evidence-based practices it could replicate led it to the work of the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Center (EPPIC) in Melbourne, Australia.

EASA takes all funding sources, and tries to make services accessible regardless of ability to pay.

No, although EASA staff will sometimes provide consultation and technical assistance to people outside the region.

EASA offers many opportunities to make a difference, large or small. Donations to EASA are greatly appreciated and may be tax deductible.