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Adventist Health in Portland Improves Access to Behavioral Health Services Through New Emotional Wellness Center


To help fill a huge need for ongoing behavioral and mental health care in Portland, Adventist Health is opening a new behavioral health program called the Emotional Wellness Center.

Opening in Portland, Ore., June 28, 2017, the Emotional Wellness Center offers both intensive outpatient (IOP) and partial hospitalization (PHP) programs. These programs support patients who need help to avert a mental health crisis or are in ongoing recovery after a crisis.

“Oregon is ranked dead last in mental health care,” says Y. Pritham Raj, MD, medical director for Adventist Health’s Emotional Wellness Center. “We have the highest occurrences of mental illness and the worst access to care. It’s time to change that. Our team at Adventist Health is committed to doing better.”

The Emotional Wellness Center continues Adventist Health’s 70-year dedication to caring for the mental health of Portland through inpatient and outpatient services. Adventist Health has a long heritage of caring for the whole person—which means the mind and spirit, not just the body.

Patients in both the PHP and the IOP experience group therapy for multiple hours, several days each week for as long as they are in the program. The group and individual therapy is designed to help patients learn more about their illnesses, cope with symptoms, enhance communication skills, improve anger management and more. The program is specifically for individuals who are not an imminent danger to themselves or others but need more care and treatment than a typical outpatient counseling program offers. Free transportation is available for Emotional Wellness Center patients.

The new center is located on the Adventist Medical Center campus at 10101 SE Main St, in Suite 3001.