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:

Behind the Eleventh Door: Solitary Confinement of Individuals with Mental Illness in Oregon’s State Penitentiary Behavioral Health Unit

 

A Review of the Mental Health Treatment, Restraint and Death of William James Owens in the Oregon Correctional System

 

An Investigation of Systemic Failure – A 5th-Grade special education student is tasered by police

 

Five Deaths at Dammasch Hospital-A Question of Responsibility-1993

 

The Incarceration of D.S. – An Investigative Report

 


 

Our latest stories about investigation and monitoring:

 

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Sarah Radcliffe, Managing Attorney, PAIMI

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