Mental health

Disability Rights Oregon protects and advocates for the rights of people who have a mental illness or perceived mental illness.

DRO receives funding from Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) (42 U.S.C. § 10801, P.L. 106-310), which authorizes P&As to protect and advocate for the rights of people with mental illness and investigate reports of abuse and neglect in facilities. It is administered by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Learn more about the PAIMI program through this video:

 

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 most recent posts about mental health news:

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Why we need greater constitutional protections to achieve equality

In 1985, the Supreme Court ruled that Americans with disabilities did not need strict constitutional protection against discrimination because they had access to lawmakers to protect their rights. Advocates got the message, and were able to achieve passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. Nearly 30 years later, however, the promise of… Continue Reading Why we need greater constitutional protections to achieve equality

Enhancing self-determination through alternatives to guardianship

This article originally appeared in the Oregon State Bar Elder Law Newsletter, April 2017 edition. Enhancing self-determination in less-restrictive alternatives to guardianship By Jan E. Friedman, Disability Rights Oregon Attorney, and Stephen Peters, Disability Rights Oregon Rights Advocate Jan E. Friedman has been an attorney with Disability Rights Oregon since 1999; she currently heads up… Continue Reading Enhancing self-determination through alternatives to guardianship

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Groups warn Senators AHCA will harm Oregonians with disabilities

Nine organizations in Oregon concerned about the interests and rights of people with disabilities sent a letter to Senators Wyden and Merkley. The letter urges the Senators to oppose the American Health Care Act (AHCA), and points to the especially devastating impact the bill would have on people with disabilities. Organizations The letter is signed by… Continue Reading Groups warn Senators AHCA will harm Oregonians with disabilities

Psychiatric Emergency Clinics Must be Safe Places

Psychiatric emergency clinics need to be safe places. This is critical for both the patients who receive care for mental health conditions and the clinical staff who administer the health care. Guns have no place in a clinical environment. Disability Rights Oregon is committed to removing barriers to accessing psychiatric emergency services. Ensuring that guns stay outside… Continue Reading Psychiatric Emergency Clinics Must be Safe Places

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Why Medicaid Matters

Oregonians from across the state shared their personal stories to help others step into their shoes and see what cuts to Medicaid would mean for their lives. Read/watch their stories and share them, then take action. Continue Reading Why Medicaid Matters