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Wheeler to speak at Albertina Kerr's Community Promise dedication ceremony

Wheeler is Portland's mayor elect; honorary chair of promise campaign

Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler, who won the race on Tuesday to become Portland's mayor elect, will speak on the state of children's mental healthcare at Albertina Kerr's Campus for Children's Mental Health on May 20 as part of its Community Promise Dedication Ceremony.

Ted WheelerThe event is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the campus, 722 N.E. 162nd Ave., Gresham. Speakers starts at 11:45 a.m.

Wheeler is the honorary chair of the Community Promise campaign.

The ceremony will recognize top donors who helped raised more than $6.1 million to expand and renovate Albertina Kerr's campus, a 10-acre center that offers community-based mental health services to children and their families throughout the state.

The completed campus brings together leading practitioners, critical program services and facilities designed to best care for this vulnerable population. Last year, 863 children and families received services at Albertina Kerr's campus. The expansion of this campus will raise the number of children and families served to more than 1,000 each year.

Since 1915, Albertina Kerr's Gresham campus has been a place where Oregon's most vulnerable sought help.

A century ago, the urgent social service question was how to aid unwed mothers, their babies and children with developmental disabilities. Kerr's Gresham campus was dedicated to providing care for those who had nowhere else to turn.

Children's mental health is among the most urgent social service challenges Oregon families and communities face today. Many families lack the resources to address the most serious mental health issues. "When children do not receive effective diagnosis and treatment, the harm to children, families and communities can be costly in so many ways", said Fritz Bartsch, Community Promise Co-Chair. "Albertina Kerr is being forward thinking and helping children and families now and into the future with being able to provide community-based mental health services to families throughout the state of Oregon. The completed Campus for Children's Mental Health brings together leading practitioners, critical program services and facilities designed to best practice standards that truly are Kerr's hallmark."

For more information about Albertina Kerr, call 503-239-8101 or visit www.albertinakerr.org.