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:

Boy wearing a yellow t-shirt sitting at a school desk writing in front of a window.

Kit de herramientas para padres

Una nueva ley estatal limita la capacidad de los distritos escolares de Oregon para acorta el día escolar de los estudiantes debido a comportamientos causados por una discapacidad. Los distritos pueden acortar el día escolar de su hijo/a solo si cumplen con requisitos específicos. Si el día escolar de su hijo/a ha sido acortado, esperamos… Continue Reading Kit de herramientas para padres

Bob wearing glasses and smiling at the camera.

The struggle for equality

*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

Other bills signed into law

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

More work ahead

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

The State budget

Mental Health Sustaining Community Mental Health Programs The non-Medicaid budget fully funds the current service level for community mental health without program reductions. In addition, there is an increase of $20.1 million in tobacco tax revenues available to fund mental health programs. Oregon Health Authority plans to use most of the increase for programs that… Continue Reading The State budget

Bob Joondeph wearing glasses and smiling

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