A legislative committee explores the topic of service animals. Stories circulate through the media about people who claim to need a “service animal” or “assistance animal” that paint the person as a scam artist who is trying to get around the rules. It is somewhat like the broad public perception of the insanity defense as… Continue Reading Pets, Service Animals and the Legislature
Editorials about the work Disability Rights Oregon is doing, and state, local and national disability issues. Written by Disability Rights Oregon Executive Director Bob Joondeph.
Quick update from the mental health system and chemical dependency reform meeting. I’m at the Red Lion Hotel in Salem, attending a meeting of about 150 people who have been convened to discuss what factors should be taken into account in creating pilot projects to test the integration of mental health, chemical dependency and physical… Continue Reading Mental Health System Reform; Chapter II
The legislature’s Ways and Means Committee ponders how to address fragmentation in Oregon’s mental health system. Thanks to the miracle of WIFI, I am sitting in the gallery of a state legislative hearing that is discussing whether the state mental health delivery system needs some fundamental changes. The Oregon system has been criticized for being… Continue Reading Major Changes for Mental Health System?
Is DRO disrespectful to Oregon State Hospital employees? On the contrary. In this Friday’s Oregon AFSCME e-lert, union spokespeople claimed that DRO was disrespectful to Oregon State Hospital workers. Our offense was arguing that the voting members of a proposed oversight committee for the hospital should not include those with a direct financial interest in… Continue Reading To Disagree Without Disrespect