12 Aug Origin Stories: Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare
By Jennifer Moffatt, Senior Director of Communications,
and Nicole Rideout, Communications Specialist, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare
Cascadia was formed when Multnomah County’s quadrant of mental health service providers merged over time. The four quadrants, the North-Northeast Community Health Center, Mental Health Services West, Mt. Hood Community Mental Health Center, and Southeast Mental Health Network were all started in the 80s. When Mt. Hood and Southeast merged in 2002, the name Cascadia was chosen and a year later Unity (the merged Mental Health Services West and North-Northeast) merged into Cascadia. Other smaller organizations also merged into the various organizations.
For more than 40 years, Cascadia has been the community health and housing safety net provider for Oregonians of all ages experiencing mental health and addiction challenges, trauma, poverty, and homelessness. Through the delivery of whole health care—integrated mental health and addiction services, primary care, and housing—Cascadia promotes hope and supports the well-being of the communities they serve.
With over 1,000 employees, 75 locations, and four health centers, Cascadia is the largest community-based behavioral health and substance use treatment services organization in the state of Oregon and is a Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHC). Each year, Cascadia touches the lives of 18,000 Oregonians.
Learn more about the newly designated FQHC in this May 2021 blog post.