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Morrison Child & Family Services 072218

Jul 19, 2018|

AN INTERVIEW WITH DREW HENRIE-MCWILLIAMS, CEO OF MORRISON CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES ABOUT THE WORK THEY DO WITH CHILDREN AND FAMILIES WITH MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE ISSUES AND ABOUT THEIR FUNDRAISING BIKE TOUR.

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This is microscope and Entercom radio Portland public affairs program. I'm your blocks of on the so this time I would like to welcome drew Henry mcwilliams drew is the CEO of Morrison child and family services say they're drew things beyond the scope. You bet my pleasure. So let's get started by you and the telling our audience exactly what is Morrison child and then we services. We're a nonprofit. Primarily providing prevention and mental health and substance abuse services to kids in their families. And this is where we get to work with all the ages so our prevention programs tend to be the younger kids. And those that are struggling. As they get older. As youth with some mental house endorsed such as these problems then were helping them with facts well. What's the age range of children that you work with. Well the moment someone is born. We are available to work with parents if they are struggling with anything related to bringing up that at Newport. So we say were you know birth. Up to age 21. And the reason we go beyond eighteen is sometimes some of the teams that come to us has. Developmental disabilities. And it's really best that we get to keep serving them. As opposed to an adult mental health substance service of we grew up to 21 books but sounds logical but says it's just a yes well we're a year ago could claim against you referred to in this Clint where they come from. They come from anywhere and everywhere. So schools and make referrals to a says. A young in a youth is struggling. We get referrals from the department of human services at Oregon and their child welfare petition so. Typically kids that are in. The Foster care system for the state. We also get referrals from. The states. Origin youth authority. Which these are youth that have had enough legal problems that they have been adjudicated. Fancy term for. Dave. Been convicted of some crime as a youth. And there is for the programs that we have. They have either gone. In acting out what happened to them by being harmed they may have done something to another kid whatever substance abuse problem. So. We get referrals there. And then we get a bulk of our referrals from former clients well which is always gratifying for our staff to have someone. Feel good enough about what they got when they came for services went past that they recommended to a family member or friend that's from one of the best endorsement if it's yes. I'm Tony Clancy working with in general. Well we in these past two years now have served on well over 7000. Different kids. A year. And when we go adding in sometimes the siblings and her parents or aunts and uncles or grandparents or whomever that. Youth is living with. And we do refreshments will touch the lives of you know twelve to 151000 people a year when we look at the whole thing. And you're operating not only in Portland are kind of spread out throughout. The state or just the outcome of the northern part of the state. Good question I'm so it varies on the program. So our outpatient mental health and substance abuse. We do in the Portland metro region so Obama count exactly as county and Washington County. And then we have some specialty. Mental health substance abuse treatment programs that alone we serve the entire state. Because it's such a specialty. Especially some of our substance abuse programs. And then there's another residential program that we have that statewide. Where we were quizzed young girls in teen girls who have been commercially sexually exploited and that's a statewide. Treatment program that we have. Then. We have what we do in the way of some specialized Foster care I can talk about later. As well as a parent mentoring program. That were in several other counties in addition to the three counties in the department true. It sounds like you guys covered a lot to cover a lot and we've got almost 550 staff. That are spread throughout all of our programs. Serving that 7000 plus kids a year well OK return today withdrew Henry mcwilliams is the CEO of Morrison child and family services. The Dirk can you give us some history worthy of wind how the agency gets started and what and how far back to ago you know it. You bet so doctor Karl more person and he was organs first child psychiatrist. Started. This organization and at that time it was called the Portland community charm guidance clinic. And that was back in 1947. So I send you one years ago. He started this as trying to meet a need that he saw hallways in the community for. A proven that that really specialize in working with kids and over the years we have further evolved. Into being a full family focused kind of earn over compensation. With services. So I don't believe you're probably there in the beginning right. No but how have in the QB Matt Morrison for quite some time don't yes I hit twenty years this past march so if I'd seen a lot of our programs growth and and mature and lung cancer. I'm sure you've we've looked back at some history of of what the agency has done and Howard how have things changed even in the twenty years that you've been there how have things changed ranked well. Since calmed the maturity of those that we serve. Have as their health insurance. Medicaid. Which in this state we call the Oregon health plan. And on Medicaid as a health insurance is for those that are living at the poverty level or up to 300% of the poverty level. Com and so these are families dot com. There are struggling financially or are what get referred to as as the working for armed. And win your health insurance is Medicaid if you have a mental health or substance abuse issues. That cheer on insurance for that as well so that. That's a big factor in in who we serve the some other specialty programs. That I mentioned later but the other thing that people don't realize is that if fury in Foster care. And that's the states. Another organization. Even we have some Foster care programs. Tom you are automatically put on the Oregon health plan Medicaid as your health insurance or. You were behavioral. Health insurance which is that catch phrase now for combining mental health and substance peaks they hit. So let's let's talk about you and your history where and how did you get involved in doing all this Woodward you come from. Well I originally I'm from Ohio and Georgia. And I have been in town mental health and substance abuse professional my whole career. And my specialty was in trying to integrate those two ways of working with folks so that if someone had both. On mental health and substance abuse issue. I could work with them and I could learn to work with him and I can teach others and I can support others in those kinds of roles so. I got my start in Dayton Ohio he and have. Lived and worked in Connecticut. And then organ for the past many years always with them with the Morris names and speak always with more action and one thing. We used to be called Morrison center after Karl. Was no longer living down. Named after him as the founder and then it was spent fifteen years ago that we realized we weren't just one center. We were ten plus location so we changed it to martian child services polemics and had to cut so let's talk about some of the programs that you guys offer. Yes. Well I'll start with our prevention programs. So we've got on a variety of them. One of those is we have mental health. Clinicians who have specialized. Can confront an early childhood. Developmental issues and mental health. And so we have staff who go out to area had starts. And large child care centers. And they make themselves available to provide consultation to those other organizations. Staff. To the parents of kids. And sometimes to see kids themselves. In an effort to trying to. Help if someone is struggling ran into the young needs to be able to have them get what they need so they aren't struggling later in line. Nasty and fear is successful we've been doing any conjunction with Multnomah County for over fifteen years. And it's been very successful and we're very pleased at how is has grown overtime with more staff and more awareness and so forth. So that's one for French firms have gone to other circuit these Stosur is working with. Primarily mono lingual Spanish speaking new parents. That Tom. Our. Typically citizens in this country that are on have come and we help work with them and you're very young children sometimes newborns as well. And how to navigate best within this region. Of the state. Than a third opt prevention program is our parents anonymous. Parent mentor program. And we've been doing this for some time yes I'm so. This is where. We hire has staff. Parents. Who had their own history of substance abuse problem. May or may not have their kids removed. Or they may have had him placed with another relative while they went and got treatment. Have a period of stability with their stroke sobriety. Had their kids fully back with them. Another period of stability and then we hired them at that point to become mentors. To parents newly identified. There are struggling with their own addiction and have kids. And so we're working very closely with the department of human services child welfare to try to be interviewed an early win can't prevent things from getting worse. And what's been so wonderful that that is our parent mentors. They're able to look someone in the eyes. And say I have been your shoes I know walk with you I won't talk with you I will help you navigate. The world of animal health and substance abuse treatment for yourself and Hannity get back on course with your kids. How successful is that I'm assuming it's quite successful it's very successful and since our whole goal as an organization is to have kids width. Their family. This has been one of the best ways we've been able to help keep families intact. And one of the things I think has been a wonderful outcome is since sometimes. That parent that struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. May have had a therapist. Armed. Either at our agency or some other agency. Actually make a report. Of concern for their kids because of apparent substance abuse sometimes it's a therapist has made that called a Child Protective Services. And so there's a higher amount of distrust distrust and non. Distress at the thought of a working with a therapist. So that's what the parent managers have also been able to say you know armed. I'll work with you even on that as well so that you get and how can. At that must be some really eye opening for the families being mentored. Seeing somebody who's made it through May and is successful no music while I can do this yes. Yes that's oh that sounds like a fantastic program it is very proud of our staff. So you have other programs you offer to yes. So then we have what's sometimes our refer to is the kind of middle of the spectrum. Of mental health and substance abuse services. And it is by far the largest. Programs that we have because the book what we do it's it's how we got started as. As a child guidance clinic. So we have several outpatient. Clinics that you can give mental health and or substance abuse outpatient services. We have two offices in Multnomah County because it's large here and it's most densely populated area we have an office. In Beaverton and for worsening counting and then we have an office and or in city for clack Moscow and this is we're families and kids will come to tell us. For outpatient mental health. Then we've got. A very intensive. Outpatient where we go to where the family your kids are. So we have staff that are in some schools home schools within pardon Pope who schools in Beaverton. In Oregon city and these are staffed that. Work and help with the kids and also are working with the parents. So sometimes there's home visits as well. And typically organ with kids that are struggling at school and that could be with depression with anxiety was some behavior. They me be kids who are being bullied or they may be kids who have been doing some of the bully. We work with any kind of presenting problem an issue that's important. And then we have very intensive outpatient where we'll go to someone's home. 23 hours a day 234. Days a week. And this has been an alternative to kids having to leave their home and they're really severely struggling with mental house issues. And in the past would've just automatically connect candidate for going into residential treatment can we wanna keep families together wherever we can't. So our staff who. Are dedicated to working with. These families that I'm just not describing that's been very helpful and you know it takes a lot of courage on. Chronic kid's part and on parents par. To let us and to trust us to want to help. But so many really by the time they just don't know us and get to working with us and souls whom they see we really wanna help them. To get it to a better place. How does your team to help battle the stigma of mental illness. Greek question. I'm happy on one hand to say that I think the stigma is getting reduced is it gone no. No it's gone when I can speak to a group of people are. Like I typically. Will do throughout the course of the year whether it's a Rotary Club or what have you and I'll be able to. Not just do what I already do and say I'm a consumer mental health services and there's nothing shameful about that. The strength in being held asked for help but I'd be able to ask any audience anywhere. How many of you have ever had mental health treatment and I wouldn't have to worry. That someone might feel embarrassed to even raise their hand that's come on the of the statements console what do our staff do. I think they do quite a bit in that they are helping when people first come in the door to just normal lives that you know. Families all families could use a little help. And trying to describe things of what fear. You know it's probably on one hand when the most unnatural things on the planet I mean think about it. Gross would you go to a total stranger an open yourself up to be asked anything. And expected to answer such a tiny just don't do that with all our family every possession right exactly yeah so you know it's talking about what this confidentiality. Me. That I hope we're not going to be talking about what you bring here so that you have that kind of privacy. On that. What do we mean by it's a sign of strength to ask for help and you've just been raised it's the opposite right you know it's a sign a weakest to need help on Wanda ask for especially mental. Know exactly. You know because if if you're feeling really depressed. Severely depressed you or your feeling. Just chronic anxiety and fear or just. Utter terror and just debilitating your ability to kind of be your best and do your best whether that's at school with other family members or with pierce. Or at church or at the synagogue or with just neighbor friends. I'm giving some hope of how to navigate data understand that. Every time we're doing that we're helping. These stagnant stood at times mental health issues. That's the challenge tennis that's an uphill battle but it's going to be it's gonna be like you say is getting better his instinct that's great. So tell me how the children and families access the services of of more some. So I'm sensing Morrison child and family services is a nonprofit which greens were chaired. The kind of our funding relationships that we have sought maintained all these years is with. Those entities that are funding the Oregon health plan. Which is Medicaid again. And so those that are have Medicaid is there insurance. On those who is a feminist I can access us. Some of our specialty programs. It it depends on who is referring them so if they're in the custody of the jury in youth authority for example. They have access to a couple our specialty intensive programs. On our program is working with girls who I've been commercially sexually exploited. The state wide. That can be a referral from from any source. So sometimes parents will or request that and if there does need to be. Child well firm called them or help that out parent or parents navigate that process. How can the community at large so well as I am to ensure a nonprofit I'm assuming Morrison Shelton and we services could use a little help. Absolutely. And armed you know there's a variety of ways to do that I think are on one hand. Understandably nonprofits. Our little reluctant to ask for financial support but I have become more bold around that because. I know that the degree to which we have. A robust. And we need more donations in the way of dollars. Were then able when we see a gap in some services that no one's paying for. We connect then half with donations money to start a program up. That we think will help you need is how some of our programs got started in the first place. Where we do a pilot project and see if it's helpful for family C a families appreciated or think it's of value. And then we go and seek whether it's a grant. Or foundation or one of our existing Medicaid funders if they'll do something we started that with. Or one of our special Foster care programs. That we refer to as planned. And crisis respite care. Where instead of a kid when they have. A mental health melt down if you will. Where parents can threw their arms up and just say I don't know what to do anymore and the kids upset. We have a country of Foster parents who that's what they wanna do they wanna be that pseudo Antara on core grandparents. For a weekend for maybe a couple of weekends or for a week or. On every other week for awhile to help that kid that family B a Penske of the volume down a notch if you will metaphorically. And that gives us this opportunity to work a little more intensely. With that kid with those parents or parent. So that they can actually come back together. And so that's been really really powerful master from just a pilot and we're we just. Had a sense of. You know kid who is really kind of melting down. The of the last place you wanna have to go is there when you have to use it though is to go into the hospital. So we try to get ahead of the game we see things starting to get just today crisis point. Will all make a referral and we'll have them he was one of our Foster parents and that can be for our Morse and cared or from any other agency. That determines there's a need for that hat's off to Foster parents could have yes they're amazing people if they are the Foster parents and her staff to just heroes a day in and day out that's not. A few minutes left and wanna ask you about an event to have coming up. Pretty soon you hills tells about this you bet well armed Morrison is not any nonprofit I know. Looks at trying to figure out how do we raise awareness. How do we raise money how do we seek volunteers 'cause we also like to have volunteers to be able to help Morrison pond. Sometimes it's donating your time and your energy. Vs your money. And so this year we are embarking on a new adventure we tried to think about what would be a fundraising activity. That also could be fun. And some people say when I say were overdoing it. Gosh I don't know that sounds like front foot and others won't just be elated to hear this and hopefully would just get right online and sign up. Who were doing a biking vets. So we're gonna be out in arms. The countryside roots of cautioning counting. On the August 4. On and we're really have three different distances. That you can sign up for. On to ride and so they'll be a 26 mile or. The BL 42. Mile learn some change. And a 62 mile water and a little bit a change there and and you can sign up for anyone of those that you want. And we have a starting place in the fishing place to be a party. The BS sendoff. And I'm hoping that this will be just a really good time for folks so. On you can find that by going on to our our worsened web site. Which is sun even nor along name abortion child and family services remain in our web site be shorter and it's just more Russian kids. Dot York. And you can navigate your way there to our own. Provide key information and we've picked a name with some community M pawn input and we're calling Illumina side. And so on there's also a just a direct. From. Its web site for that and could I just treated out loudly those that are listening to. So it's bike parade dot com C back slash aluminum side and that's spelled B I KE REG. Dot COM. Back slash. And only QM I NN OSA. By Craig dot com back slash luminous. And that'll take you right there. Believed I think you've picked the right. Part of the world have a bike event because Portland even the surrounding area. Bikers everywhere yes so it's going to be very successful. And Q well good luck with that and thanks for being on the Sosa been super interest and I'm so glad and I'm grateful yeah. Thank you so much you've been talking today withdrew Henry Matt Williams CEO of Morrison's childhood and we sources intent. Metro scope is an Entercom radio Portland public affairs program. I'm Gary blocks and if you're involved with a non profit for public affairs organization Ford do you have an idea for an upcoming show I'd like to hear from you. This is microscope PDX dot com and submit your ideas you can also go to the station's website and submit your information there. Thanks for listening to metros go and enjoy the rest of your weekend.