Oregon Health News Edition July 2009

Edited by Rhonda Morin

This is the first in a series of articles about Oregon’s mental
health courts.

Today: Washington County’s Mental Health Court offers
compassionate approach

Special Report: Peace of mind
Washington County court takes new tack on mental illness

Judge Marco Hernandez is speaking casually to a young man wearing jeans, a dress shirt and a tie. “You look nice today,” Hernandez says.

“I thought I’d come dressed decent for a change,” he replies.

If Hernandez weren’t wearing a robe and sitting behind a courtroom bench in a Portland suburb, you wouldn’t know that there was a hearing going on.

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