Sarah Radcliffe leads the organization’s efforts to uphold the civil and human rights of people with mental health conditions. In overseeing the organization’s Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness work, she relies on Disability Rights Oregon’s broad federal authority to monitor facilities that care for individuals with disabilities and access records if abuse… Continue Reading Sarah Radcliffe, Managing Attorney, PAIMI
Investigation and Monitoring
Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) can investigate abuse and neglect, and monitor facilities and programs that provide services to people who have disabilities.
As the federally-mandated Protection & Advocacy (P&A) service for Oregon, we have access to facilities to conduct investigations, provide information and training, and monitor compliance with rights and safety. Facilities can include hospitals, community living arrangements, board and care homes, juvenile detention facilities, jails, prisons, schools, and more.
We also have authority to access records, including intake, treatment and discharge records and reports. In the case of abuse, neglect or death, DRO can access records prepared by investigatory authorities.
Once we have conducted our own investigation, we can share the information with the client or appropriate enforcement agencies; prepare a public report that maintains individual confidentiality; pursue alternative remedies, including legal action; and report suspected abuse.
Read more details about our investigative authority: What is Disability Rights Oregon?
Reports from previous investigation efforts:
Our latest stories about investigation and monitoring:
Our report concludes that the Department of Corrections has failed to significantly improve conditions for inmates with serious mental illness held in the Oregon State Penitentiary. Continue Reading Report: State prison
Researchers also found that black and Hispanic prisoners and those who have mental illnesses are disproportionately put in solitary confinement. Continue Reading New national report on Oregon state prisons finds overuse of solitary confinement
The PAIMI Council seeks members with the following qualifications: Family member of a person receiving mental health services Family member of a minor who is receiving or has received mental health services Attorney Mental Health Professional Continue Reading DRO seeks members for mental health advisory council
DRO wants to learn more about how in-home service hours are determined for children and adults who have intellectual or developmental disabilities. We’d like to hear about your experience. Continue Reading Seeking stories of inadequate in-home services
When prisoners get an opportunity to spend time outside their cells engaged in constructive activities, they are more likely to be healthy, more likely to learn how to cope with their illness, and more likely to succeed when released. Continue Reading Oregon DOC will reduce isolation and improve care in the BHU
People in locked institutions are so far removed from our collective awareness that even mentioning them causes my neighbors to turn away. Continue Reading Teaching empathy
Listen to and read OPB’s coverage of our report, Behind the Eleventh Door, about the treatment of some prisoners with severe mental illness in the Behavioral Health Unit at the Oregon State Penitentiary. Continue Reading OPB reports on treatment of prisoners with mental illness
Report finds Oregon prisoners with severe mental illness are routinely tasered, pepper-sprayed, isolated, and denied access to adequate mental health care. Continue Reading DRO investigates abuse of prisoners with mental illness
You can watch our testimony here. Continue Reading DRO testifies about isolation of prisoners with mental illness