Top Chefs to Compete in Portland’s Original Iron Chef

The line-up is set and it is sizzling! Eight top chefs will compete for Iron Chef honors on Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Portland Art Museum Grand Kridel Ballroom to raise funds in support of LifeWorks NW’s Children’s Relief Nurseries. 

Don’t miss this! 

Greg Staerkel — Altabira City Tavern 
Bryant Kryck — Alto Bajo
Steve Cain — El Gaucho
Julius Baliola — Huber’s Restaurant
Matthew Howard — Raven & Rose
Beau Carr — Ringside Steakhouse
Tony Meyers — Serratto

Christian Russell — Steakhouse at 9900

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NEW!! The Kids Win When You Participate in the Winner’s Choice Raffle

In anticipation of the 2018 Portland’s Original Iron Chef, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 at the Portland Art Museum; announcing the 2018 Winner’s Choice Raffle. For $100 you can purchase one of 150 chances to win your choice of one of four fabulous trips. The winner will be drawn at random at the end of the evening event on Sept. 27. Find more details about the trips here. 

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Addressing Escalating Suicide Rates

At LifeWorks NW, we have a commitment to the Zero Suicide Initiative, believing that preventing  suicide is possible. As the conversation about suicide has been elevated with recent high profile celebrity deaths, thought leaders like Linda Rosenberg of the National Council for Behavioral Health are speaking out. Read the statement released Tuesday, June 12, 2018, below. 

Preventing Suicide Is Everyone’s Business Statement by Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 12, 2018) – The high-profile deaths by suicide last week of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade shed light on a growing national problem. While other causes of death are declining, the suicide rate keeps climbing – alarmingly so. The same week Bourdain and Spade died, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study which revealed that suicide rates increased in all but one state between 1999 and 2016, with half of those states seeing an increase of 30 percent. Nearly 45,000 Americans died by suicide in 2016 – that’s one person every 12 minutes.

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade and to anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. Clearly, suicide is not an isolated incident and it’s not just a mental health problem. The CDC reported that more than half – 54 percent – of people who died by suicide did not have a diagnosed mental health condition. Among the other factors that contributed to suicide deaths were relationship problems, substance use, physical illnesses, job loss and money troubles. Suicide is a public health problem that can and must be prevented.

First, we must recognize that suicide prevention is everyone’s business. We all know someone who is living with depression or anxiety, has lost a loved one to suicide or is struggling to find mental health or substance use treatment for themselves or a loved one. The time has come when our response to someone with a mental health problem or an addiction should be no different than our response to someone with cancer, heart disease or diabetes. The National Council’s Mental Health First Aid offers tools to help start a conversation, listen with compassion to someone who has thoughts of suicide and direct them to professional help.

Second, we must make it easier for people to get the help they need. The National Council’s 2,900-plus members are transforming health care delivery for individuals at risk of suicide by offering same-day access to services and beginning to adopt a Zero Suicide approach to care, which makes all health care settings suicide safe. Zero Suicide is a bold goal that we are fully capable of meeting.

Third, we must advocate for public policies that support individuals and their families at risk of suicide. We must fully implement that National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and its Prioritized Research Agenda. We must urge Congress to pass the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act to increase the number of Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) around the country. CCBHCs receive a Medicaid rate that allows them to provide comprehensive, evidence-based care for mental illnesses and addictions, integrated with primary care. CCBHCs provide services when and where people need them.

Finally, we must remember that suicide is caused by disconnection and isolation. The best thing we can do if we are worried about someone attempting suicide is to tell them we are concerned, ask them if they are thinking about death and get them help from professionals, family members and friends. Suicide deaths are preventable, and we must start today.


The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s health care organizations that deliver mental health and addictions treatment and services. Together with our 2,900 member organizations serving over 10 million adults, children and families living with mental illnesses and addictions, the National Council is committed to all Americans having access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery. The National Council introduced Mental Health First Aid USA and more than 1 million Americans have been trained. For more information, please visit

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Catholic Sentinel Features Inspiring Profile of CEO Mary Monnat


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Oregon Businesses and Foundations Grant Support to LifeWorks NW

It takes a collective effort to ensure the health and wellbeing of our region and our state. At LifeWorks NW, we appreciate the partnerships of businesses and foundations that help underwrite our work. Following are the organizations that have generously provided financial support for our programs and services in our current fiscal year (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018).

FY18 Grants

Providing unrestricted support to LifeWorks NW:
Miller Family Foundation
Oregon Community Foundation (OCF): Joseph E. Weston Foundation
United Way of the Columbia-Willamette

Supporting Drug and Alcohol-Free Family Housing:
Providence Health & Services

Supporting our Adolescent Day Treatment Program:
Hoover Family Foundation

Supporting our Child Day Treatment Program:
Deacon Charitable Foundation
Juliet Ashby Hillman Foundation
Wells Fargo

Supporting Consumers with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness:
Dr. Wayne M. Pidgeon Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation

Supporting Horizon and Hazelwood Houses
Henry Lea Hillman Jr. Foundation

Supporting our Healthy Families Program:
City of Tigard
PGE Foundation
Spirit Mountain Community Fund

Supporting Nickerson Adolescent Day Treatment Program:
OCF Joseph E. Weston Foundation

Supporting New Options for Women:
OCF Joseph E. Weston Foundation

Supporting Project Network:
Pacific Power Foundation

Supporting REAL:
Urban League of Portland

Supporting our Children’s Relief Nurseries:
Ed Cauduro Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
Elliqua Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund
Miller Family Foundation
OCF Joseph E. Weston Foundation
Portland Children’s Levy

Supporting renovations to our Hillsboro-Walnut site:
Clark Foundation
The Collins Foundation
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in five Americans is affected by mental health conditions. NAMI says, “Stigma is toxic to their mental health because it creates an environment of shame, fear and silence that prevents many people from seeking help and treatment. The perception of mental illness won’t change unless we act to change it.”

At LifeWorks NW, we work everyday to ensure mental health and addiction are Something to Talk About. We meet people where they are and walk with them through whatever they need to face to help them restore mind, body and spirit.

Year-round, and even more so during Mental Health Awareness month, we encourage you to reach out, make connections and allow voices to break through stigma, so everyone can feel free to access the care they need to be well.

If you or someone you know needs help, call us to learn more about our services: 503.645.9010.

Find valuable resources at:


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FY2016-17 Annual Report

2016-17 Annual Report FINAL

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Lines For Life Honors Mary Monnat and LifeWorks NW

As posted on Lines for Life’s Facebook page 02/11/18
Lines For Life

Mary Monnat is the CEO of LifeWorks NW, meeting the behavioral health needs of thousands of Oregonians and their families. Mary has for many years been a leading light in Oregon’s behavioral health community – bringing innovation and effectiveness and always a smile to every project she launches. And Mary has been a partner Lines for Life can rely on for much of our history. Mary’s contributions to Lines for Life are hard to summarize in brief, but one watershed innovation bears mention: Mary brought LifeWorks to Lines for Life as our very first contract client for crisis intervention services. We followed the model we established with Mary into one of our most important services – we now serve nearly 20 partners, providing crisis intervention services to health care systems, behavioral health providers, a tribal nation and many others. Thanks Mary for helping us lead the way!

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Improving Client Outcomes Through Data Sharing

As part of our integration of behavioral and physical healthcare, we have adopted the Carequality interoperability framework, powered by the Netsmart network, to enhance data sharing across provider networks. Read the full press release, here. 

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The National Council Releases CCBHC Progress Report

LifeWorks NW’s participation in the federal Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHC) demonstration project launched earlier this year.

CCBHCs are a vehicle for expanded access to intensive community-based services for individuals with untreated severe mental illness or addiction. Recent estimates indicate that only 43.1 percent of all people living with serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorders and major clinical depression receive behavioral health care; the remainder are served in homeless shelters, Medicaid financed hospital emergency rooms, and penal institutions, which serve as the largest inpatient psychiatric facilities in the United States. Only 1 in 10 Americans with an addiction receive treatment in any given year. CCBHCs were established to fill the gap in unmet need and expand access to community- based treatment for these populations.

Oregon’s participation in the demonstration began in April 2017. In November 2017, the National Council for Behavioral Health surveyed CCBHCs about the impact of their participation in the program to date; 48 of the 67 participating CCBHCs across the United States provided responses, including eight of the twelve CCBHCs in Oregon. This report highlights Oregon-specific impacts of the CCBHC demonstration project as of November 2017.

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