Disability Rights Oregon monitors and conducts investigations related to abuse or neglect that leads to death, serious injuries or serious financial exploitations in institutions, correctional facilities and residential care facilities. We work to reduce improper the use of seclusion or restraint and  unnecessary forced medication. We also monitor compliance with US Department of Justice agreements with Oregon State Hospital.


Our publications

Mental Health Law in Oregon – Fourth Edition

Involuntary Medication Hearing Handbook – First Edition

Can I Plan Now For The Mental Health Treatment I Would Want In A Crisis





Our latest stories about institutions:


Oregon Settlements with USDOJ

Back in 2004, State Senator Avel Gordly sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ).  She asked that it investigate possible civil rights violations of past and current patients at the Oregon State Hospital (OSH) caused by “serious overcrowding and understaffing.” Continue Reading Oregon Settlements with USDOJ

Five Deaths at Dammasch Hospital

This report is the result of an investigation into the deaths of five patients at Dammasch State Hospital in 1993.  The investigation was begun in response to independent complaints about each death.  The report was released in the hope that it would bring attention to the conditions that contributed to these deaths and prevent future harm to Dammasch patients.… Continue Reading Five Deaths at Dammasch Hospital Continue Reading Five Deaths at Dammasch Hospital