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City seeks members for DOJ settlement oversight board

The Portland Human Rights Commission and Portland Commission on Disability call for applications to the Community Oversight Advisory Board. 

Deadline: JANUARY 9, 2015

The Community Oversight Advisory Board (“COAB”) is the group of individuals who live, work, or go to school in Portland who will monitor the implementation of the City of Portland’s settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice. The agreement calls for reform to Portland Police Bureau (PPB) policies and training, particularly related to interactions with people who have or are perceived to have mental illness. The COAB will be comprised of fifteen voting members and five advisory members from the Portland Police Bureau. The Compliance Officer Community Liaison (“COCL”) will chair the COAB and preside over COAB meetings.

The Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) and the Portland Human Rights Commission (HRC) will jointly appoint three community members to this board who have mental health expertise. PCOD and HRC seek applicants who are Qualified Mental Health Professionals (“QMHP”) or persons with 10 years lived experience caring for their own or others’ mental illness.

For information and to apply please see:

Frequently Asked Questions may be found here:


You can find more information on the COAB in the Settlement Agreement here:

You can find more general information on the Settlement Agreement here: