Discrepancies led to county managers placed on leave

Confusion, discrepancies circulated at Multnomah County over whether it could investigate complaints at Unity Center, the mental health crisis center.

On Thursday, Multnomah County placed two managers on leave in the wake of a newly retired investigator's account of how complaints of abuse and neglect at the regional psychiatric facility, the Unity Center for Behavioral Health, were internally muzzled and ignored.

Now the county is trying to figure out why despite being the state's designated mental health authority, its own managers seemingly stood by as complaints rolled in about the facility, which Legacy Health opened in January 2017.