Disability Rights Oregon works to protect individuals against guardianships where there is abuse or neglect.  In addition, DRO can intervene when a respondent or protected person’s civil rights are being violated due to the guardianship. DRO receives pleadings in guardianship and conservatorship, which we review to ensure that the civil rights of the respondent/ protected person are being upheld.



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Legislative Update, week six

What is a legal guardian?  Well, it’s someone who’s been appointed by a judge to make important decisions for a person who is considered unable to make those decisions for them self.  The practice of appointing guardians goes way back to Roman times.  Early English courts adopted it and eventually passed it on to the American colonies with… Continue Reading Legislative Update, week six

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Legislative Update, week four

“Words matter.”  Just look at the front wall of the Capitol building where the words pictured above are carved. Inside the building, everyone who testified on SB 64 in the Senate Judiciary agreed that words matter. We did not agree on whether the words in the bill should pass.  SB 64 would change the term “mental… Continue Reading Legislative Update, week four

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Town hall meetings will be your chance to give input on state services

Oregon legislators are holding seven town halls across the state to receive input about the next state budget. On January 19, the co-chairs of the Joint Ways and Means Committee released an “Existing Resources Framework.” The framework outlines changes and cuts to state services that will be considered if Oregon does not increase revenue. You can read… Continue Reading Town hall meetings will be your chance to give input on state services