In January, Unity Behavioral Health Center will open in the Lloyd District. The first – and only – psychiatric emergency room in the state will be at 1225 N.E. Second Ave. on Legacy Emanuel’s Holladay Park campus, the site of a former Oregon State Hospital facility. The property is just north of the Oregon Convention Center and across I-5 from the Moda Center.
“Our facility will be a place where people find help, hospitality and hope,” said Dr. Chris Farentinos, Unity Center vice president.The new 24-hour, seven-day center is a community-focused collaboration between Adventist Health, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health and OHSU. Their combined goal is to create a comprehensive facility for neighbors facing a mental health crisis. A donation of real estate for the project by Legacy accounted for $10 million of the total $40 million project cost.
When the center opens, patients will be evaluated by a psychiatrist and stabilized while a treatment plan is customized for their individual needs. People facing a crisis, including children ages nine to 18, can be delivered to the center by family or friends, check themselves in, or be transported by ambulance. If no crime has been committed, law enforcement officers may also deliver a patient.
“The Unity Center is an investment that will dramatically improve the lives of individuals and families dealing with a mental health crisis and lead to a healthier community,” said Marcia Randall, co-trustee of the Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Charitable Trust, which donated $20 million to help establish the center.
The Unity Center’s architecture and various color schemes are designed to reduce agitation and instill a sense of well-being.
“Unity is going to change lives, it’s going to matter, it’s going to make a difference,” said Brenda Mitchell, a peer wellness specialist.
Unity Center staff will work with community partners to offer transitional support services, with personnel located inside the center. These organizations will help coordinate continued support for patients after they are discharged, with ongoing outpatient care and life resources, such as job and housing assistance, addiction treatment, legal aid, family counseling and long-term inpatient care. In addition to providing behavioral care, the center will serve as a training site for medical and nursing students, nurse practitioners, and other related disciplines.
The public is invited to tour the center on Thursday, January 5, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.