Stop building a new psychiatric hospital at Junction City
  • Petitioned Tina Kotek
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Oregon State House Speaker
Tina Kotek
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Senate President
Peter Courtney

Stop building a new psychiatric hospital at Junction City

    1. Petition by

      Mental Health Association of Portland

Governor Kitzhaber's proposed budget calls for the closure of fully functioning branches of the Oregon State Hospital in Pendleton and Portland and the building of a new locked psychiatric facility in tiny Junction City (23 miles outside of Corvallis). While wards in the newly built hospital in Salem stand empty, a new hospital, in a small town without resources, is unnecessary and unwanted by the mental health community. Operations costs may reach hundreds of millions over decades of unwanted and unwarranted treatments.

See - Hospital may get funds - Legislature expected to approve $80 million for mental institution
See - Junction City hospital still unbuilt, and many want to keep it that way
See - Junction City hospital the worst way to treat mentally ill
See - We Must Stop Construction of Junction City Hospital
See - Forecast: Funds for hospital cloudy

Tina Kotek, Oregon State House Speaker
Peter Courtney, Senate President
Stop the building of a new Oregon State Hospital at Junction City

[Your name]

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    1. Response from Tina Kotek

      Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek responded to our petition. Read her remarks at

    2. Decision-maker Tina Kotek responds:

      Tina Kotek

      Thank you all for sharing your comments with me.

      Federal standards require people needing hospital level care to receive treatment in a hospital setting. In order to maintain an appropriate amount of hospital beds, the Legislature c...

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    Reasons for signing

    • Matthew Norby COPPERFIELD DRIVE, MN
      • 5 months ago

      Building a brand new psychiatric hospital would be a total waste! It would be so much more efficient to repair and reopen one of the old psychiatric hospitals. This would also stop people from trespassing the old hospital too.

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 8 months ago

      "Whenever the keys to self-esteem are seemingly out of reach for a large percentage of the people, as in twentieth-century America, then widespread 'mental illness,' neuroticism, hatred, alcoholism, drug abuse, violence, and social disorder will certainly occur. Personal worth is not something human beings are free to take or leave. We must have it, and when it is unattainable, everybody suffers. A size-able proportion of all human activity is devoted to the task of shielding us from the inner pain of inferiority. I believe this is to be the most dominant force in life."

      James Dobson

      Any illness with a psychological origin, manifested either in symptoms of emotional distress or in abnormal behaviour. Most mental disorders can be broadly classified as either psychoses or neuroses ( neurosis; psychosis). Psychoses (e.g., schizophrenia and bipolar disorder) are major mental illnesses characterized by severe symptoms such as delusions, hallucinations, and an inability to evaluate reality in an objective manner. Neuroses are less severe and more treatable illnesses, including depression, anxiety, and paranoia as well as obsessive-compulsive disorders and post-traumatic stress disorders. Some mental disorders, such as Alzheimer disease, are clearly caused by organic disease of the brain, but the causes of most others are either unknown or not yet verified. Schizophrenia appears to be partly caused by inherited genetic factors. Some mood disorders, such as mania and depression, may be caused by imbalances of certain neurotransmitters in the brain; they are treatable by drugs that act to correct these imbalances ( psychopharmacology). Neuroses often appear to be caused by psychological factors such as emotional deprivation, frustration, or abuse during childhood, and they may be treated through psychotherapy. Certain neuroses, particularly the anxiety disorders known as phobias, may represent maladaptive responses built up into the human equivalent of conditioned reflexes.

    • Robert Ewbank SPRINGFIELD, OR
      • about 1 year ago

      I am a human rights advocate. Mental health treatment in hospitals is one of the most serious violations of human rights, (including indefinite incarceration without being charged with a crime) that I am aware of. It is a black mark on USA freedoms.

    • Phil Broyles PORTLAND, OR
      • about 1 year ago

      I know of many more effective ways to use these funds. We can do better!

    • Michelle Madison BEAVERTON, OR
      • about 1 year ago

      It's much more effective to invest in community mental health treatment than a big box hospital. There is no train that goes to Junction City, and there is no bus. This will separate people from their support systems and further isolate them.


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