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
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:
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
Our investigation revealed that prisoners in the Behavioral Health Unit spend months and sometimes years in 6 x 10 foot cells, with no natural light, no access to the outdoors or fresh air, and only rare opportunities to speak with another person. Most are in their cells for 23 hours a day. Continue Reading DRO asks Legislature to limit isolation of prisoners with mental illness
Life in the BHU is eerily similar to what is seen across the country wherever individuals with Serious Mental Illness live in solitary confinement: men in cages pace incessantly; they pound the walls, mutter to themselves or scream; horrific levels of self-harm and mutilation are a regular occurrence. Continue Reading SB739 will end solitary confinement for prisoners with serious mental illness in Oregon