A new alliance called the “Opal Network” has been launched in Lane County, Oregon to support the voice, empowerment and self-determination of mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors. All agencies involved with mental health, along with all interested mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors, are invited to this second meeting.

  • Meeting
when Jul 31, 2007
from 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
where Bascom-Tykeson Room in the Eugene Public Library Main Building, 100 W. 10th Ave., Eugene, Oregon, USA
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contact phone (541) 684-8195
attendees All are welcome.
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News Release

Announcing: Second Meeting of The Opal Network*

We have launched a new network in Lane County to support the voice, self-determination and empowerment of mental health clients. Join us!

All are welcome and invited the second meeting.

We invite all agencies & organizations that work in the mental health field in Lane County to send representatives to this launch meeting. We especially encourage mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors to attend and join in!

Discuss and plan how we can all unite to support people diagnosed with a psychiatric disability in Lane County to address:

  • discrimination
  • human rights
  • the need for alternatives
  • advocacy
  • homelessness
  • police training
  • public education
  • and other concerns.

Free event. Wheelchair accessible.

Meeting co-chairs: Tracey Dumas and Bruce Abel

Special guest: Lane County Commissioner Peter Sorenson

Co-sponsoring groups so far include:

  • United Way of Lane County 100% Access Alternatives Subcommittee
  • Lane Independent Living Alliance (LILA)
  • City of Eugene Subcommittee on Human Rights and Mental Health
  • Laurel Hill Center and Laurel Hill Center Client Council
  • ShelterCare and ShelterCare Client Council
  • MindFreedom Lane County
  • Lane County Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Advisory Council
  • LaneCare
  • Life & Universe
  • White Bird new mental health information project
  • Trauma Healing Project
  • SAFE/Wonderland
  • Center for Family Development
  • Direction Service

If your group would like to be listed as a sponsor contact us soon.


  1. Welcome from chairs
  2. Panel of mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors.
  3. Discussion by Walter Rosenthal, clincical director of Lane County Mental Health, about agency plans to support mental health consumer and psychiatric survivor empowerment.
  4. We hear from you about proposed vision, mission and goals of Opal Network.

*This new alliance in Lane County is named after Opal Whitely (1897 – 1992). Opal was a famous author with a psychiatric diagnosis who lived in Lane County.

[revised 10 July 2007]

For more information about Opal Network click here.

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