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…]

State hospital embroiled in contempt proceedings for not admitting mentally ill people court-ordered to get treatment

Attorneys have brought nearly a dozen contempt of court proceedings against Oregon State Hospital in the last three years, arguing hospital officials didn’t admit people with mental illnesses to get treatment ordered by judges. In four instances, judges found the hospital and Oregon Health Authority, its parent agency, in contempt[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…]

State appeals court orders reversal of Salem man’s 2004 aggravated murder conviction, death sentence

The Oregon State Penitentiary on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday ordered that a Salem man’s 2004 aggravated murder conviction and death sentence be reversed and sent back to the trial court after finding that defense attorneys didn’t investigate evidence pointing to[Read More…]