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:


Jails & Prisons: Youth Held at NORCOR

County backs NORCOR, calls for change (Hood River News, 12/20/2017) Wasco using juvenile detention (Dalles Chronicle, 12/20/2017) Editorial: The Dalles Chronicle, Time to review juvenile jail powers (12/16/2017) NORCOR Juvenile Center Says Reports Of ‘Psychological Harm’ Are Exaggerated (OPB News, 12/15/2017) Changes seen at juvenile jail facility (Dalles Chronicle, 12/14/2017) Report author explains response to… Continue Reading Jails & Prisons: Youth Held at NORCOR

Youth standing by pad on floor of empty cell.

Voices of kids at NORCOR

The names of the kids who were interviewed as part of our investigation were changed to protect their identities.  Eli’s Story A boy with a history of self-harm was disciplined for 69 consecutive days for talking and “being needy.” The boy said that he was disciplined for having an additional book in his cell. “I… Continue Reading Voices of kids at NORCOR