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Downtown Portland homeless center to focus on mental health
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Downtown Portland homeless center to focus on mental health

The programs will exclusively be run by people with lived experience of mental illness, addiction and homelessness. PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – As mental illness and addiction are some of the elements keeping people on the streets, a new Behavioral Health Resource Center is opening soon in downtown Portland, with a focus on treating that sector of the homeless population. The Behavioral Health Resource Center (BHRC) differs from a typical shelter because it is a space for people who are homeless with mental illness, who often get kicked out of or are unsuccessful at other shelters that don’t have the resources to treat them. “It is an innovative program, the first of its kind that we are seeing in our community, to support individuals with behavioral health challenges and...