Unity Center in Portland: 'Crisis' looms with patients stuck in recliners for days

The Unity Center for Behavioral Health in Northeast Portland is in "crisis," new emails show.

Since asking the state in December for more money to operate Unity Center for Behavioral Health, Legacy Health has stepped up the urgency of its message, saying the facility is in "crisis" and facing "a public health emergency," according to emails obtained by the Portland Tribune.

"We currently have 25 patients awaiting transfer to (the Oregon State Hospital)," wrote Unity's Chief Medical Officer, Greg Miller, on Jan. 9. "We have 15 patients today waiting in (Unity) to come to an inpatient unit, one of them who has been in a recliner chair for over six days."