Ardeshir Tabrizian

Marion County spending $14.3 million to construct new Health and Human Services building

Marion County officials are spending $14.3 million to build a new Health and Human Services building next to the existing location on Northeast Center Street.  County officials say it’s a one-time investment that could help save hundreds of thousands in annual costs for space currently leased across several different locations.[Read More…]

Contracted state hospital worker punches patient following racist slurs, hospital reports say

The Oregon State Hospital on May 28, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) A contracted worker at Oregon State Hospital last month punched a patient who moments before had hurled racist slurs at the staffer. Erik Banks, the contracted mental health technician, was “removed from our facility and instructed not to return,”[Read More…]

Salem sobering center stalled by lack of funding

Ashley Hamilton, program director of the ARCHES Project, shows Jimmy Jones, executive director of the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency, recently donated supplies that are currently stored in the building’s unused sobering center on May 7, 2020. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) A downtown Salem facility built last year to be used[Read More…]