*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
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.
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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
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
Timothy spends his days going into places that other organizations can’t. He visits people with mental health conditions held in jails and other institutions across the state, giving our clients hope and a voice. As a colleague said: “It is amazing to see how people considered the most dangerous in the state will only talk to… Continue Reading Q&A: Advocate Timothy Roessel: “Truly Something to Watch”