Welcome to the Tigard Area Branch of AAUW!

Washington County Mental Health Response Teams
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Washington County is very fortunate to have an alternative to calling the police for certain types of emergencies – particularly individuals suffering from mental illness or in an emotional crisis.  In partnership with Washington County Mental Health, the Sheriff’s Office provides mental health services that begin on patrol, continue in the jail or medical facility, and are available to individuals when they reenter the community.  We will be able to learn more about this service by hearing from two members of a Mental Health Response Team (MHRT). The MHRT includes a deputy and clinician, paired together in a patrol car.

Crystal Fisher is a Mental Health Response Team Clinician.  She has worked with crisis services since June 2018. Crystal has an extensive history of working with children and families prior to her crisis work. She has a master’s degree in multicultural counseling from the University of Colorado Denver. Crystal says, “I enjoy the pace of the Mental Health Response Team, meeting clients where they are in terms of wanting/needing help and find the job very rewarding.”

Deputy David Huey is a Mental Health Response Team Deputy. He has been with the Sheriff’s Office for a little over six years and with the Mental Health Response Team for the last two.  Prior to policing, Deputy Huey spent about twenty years working in customer service and found a niche in talking with people and developing rapport. He believes these learned skills have become invaluable for dealing with folks in crisis and helping to de-escalate potentially dangerous events.


 A Note from the branch Program Vice President:

While many of us are fully vaccinated and beginning to feel more comfortable going out, some of us aren’t quite ready yet to meet inside in a large group. Hopefully, we will still have the terrific turnout we had on Zoom last year.

Our programs always come from the ideas of our members and have proven in the past to provide a variety of interesting subjects. Our branch takes pride in the many fine programs that we have offered through the years.

Topics are related to the top AAUW issues.

  • Gender Equity in Education (the STEM gap, sexual misconduct in schools, Title IX)
  • Economic Security for Women (the gender pay gap, the motherhood penalty, women & retirement). There definitely has been a motherhood penalty this past year with the pandemic.
  • Advocacy for Women; (getting women into leadership roles in business and politics, barriers & bias)

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PROJECTS/FUNDRAISING

We actively support AAUW National’s programs by raising awareness of Public Policy Issues and by fundraising for AAUW Funds, which awards fellowships and grants.  Our branch also awards a scholarship to a woman who attends Portland Community College in preparation for a 4-year degree.

MEMBER SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS

Our mission of advancement for women is a priority for our branch.  We offer fellowship, networking, and the opportunity to make lifelong friends.  Our interest groups include:

  • Book Discussion      Lavender Farm
  • Movie Review
  • NW Discoveries:  Excursions that are sometimes off the beaten track.  In addition to known Portland attractions such as the Art Museum and the Rose Garden, we have explored more eclectic interests, such as going behind the scenes with a judge or learning how to decorate a cake.  Usually, a docent or instructor brings our subject to life; then we talk about our experiences over lunch.

JOIN US
For more information about our branch and how to join contact:                                    Membership Vice President:
Linda Liebenstein  503-598-1833