Tag Archives | mental health

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The struggle for equality

*This post originally appeared on and was written for the website for the organization Nasty Women Get Shit Done.  We’re grateful that you included respecting people with disabilities among the values that you seek to uphold. The fight for disability rights is part of the larger struggle for equality. People with disabilities strive to achieve the… Continue Reading The struggle for equality

Other bills signed into law

Disability Rights Oregon tracked many other bills during the 2017 legislative session. Many of those fell outside of our legislative agenda. Below are the ones that the Governor signed into law. Mental Health Conditions SB 64 Renames “mental disease or defect” to “qualifying mental disorder” in criminal and certain juvenile statutes. Effective date, January 1,… Continue Reading Other bills signed into law

More work ahead

We passed five of our legislative priorities, but we also met with a few disappointments. Advancing these policy goals will be among our priorities in the next legislative session: Invest in Community Mental Health System We disagree with the legislature’s chose to keep the expensive Junction City State Hospital open. Keep People with Mental Health… Continue Reading More work ahead

The State budget

Mental Health Sustaining Community Mental Health Programs The non-Medicaid budget fully funds the current service level for community mental health without program reductions. In addition, there is an increase of $20.1 million in tobacco tax revenues available to fund mental health programs. Oregon Health Authority plans to use most of the increase for programs that… Continue Reading The State budget

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Strengthen the relationship between community & Portland police

By: Jan Friedman, Attorney, Disability Rights Oregon. Jan is a member of the Portland Police Bureau Behavioral Health Unit Advisory Committee.  Disability Rights Oregon has long advocated for members of the community to have a voice at the table in helping develop policies that improve relations between the Portland Police Bureau (P.P.B.) and the community. A… Continue Reading Strengthen the relationship between community & Portland police

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Joel Greenberg, Attorney, Special Education, Mental Health in Prisons

Joel’s work spans two distinct areas of disability law: ensuring that every child with a disability receives an appropriate education and protecting the rights of people with mental health conditions who are held in prison. In 2015, Joel and his colleague Sarah Radcliffe investigated the treatment of inmates with serious mental health conditions held at the Oregon State Penitentiary. They co-authored… Continue Reading Joel Greenberg, Attorney, Special Education, Mental Health in Prisons

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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