Closing the doors of the Oregon State Hospital (OSH) to defendants found unable to aid and assist in their defense during the COVDI-19 public health crisis means more people with mental illness will be stuck indefinitely in county jails. In a letter sent to the counsel for the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), DRO warned that… Continue Reading Indefinite detention of defendants with disabilities due to COVID-19
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Alex Allen is a resident of Portland. He’s been advocating for the rights of people who experience mental illness since 2004. Alex previously served on DRO’s Board of Directors and the mental health advisory council from 2014 to 2016. He was chair of the council throughout 2015. He enjoys getting to know people that he… Continue Reading Alex Allen
Oregon Advocacy Center v. Mink (2003) is a landmark civil rights case that upheld the rights of people with mental illness in jail. (Oregon Advocacy Center was our previous name.) The decision requires the state hospital to accept people found unable to aid and assist in their criminal defense within 7 days of that determination.… Continue Reading More than a decade later, we’re still fighting jail delays.
For 30 years, we’ve fought for people with mental illness. Continue Reading Fighting for people with mental illness