Today, leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives withdrew the “American Health Care Act” (AHCA), legislation designed to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), shortly before a vote on the bill was scheduled. In response, Disability Rights Oregon issued this statement. Statement from Bob Joondeph, Executive Director, Disability Rights Oregon: “The House narrowly avoided committing… Continue Reading Bob Joondeph’s statement on withdrawal of ACA repeal bill
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.
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Our most recent posts about mental health news:
Lisa Heydemann of Wilsonville is the primary caregiver to her 21-year-old daughter Mia. Their family relies on community-based services like respite care. Proposed cuts to Medicaid in the AHCA bill before Congress threaten to cut off their access to those services. Can you tell us about Mia? Mia is developmentally delayed, deaf, has Feingold’s Syndrome,… Continue Reading Q&A: Mia’s story
Disability Rights Oregon joined with 50 partners involved in behavioral health care to shape the policy recommendations. Continue Reading State unveils new road map for transforming mental health policy
Share your story about the services you need. Contact your federal representatives. Spread the word on social media. Continue Reading Tell Congress: How would Medicaid cuts affect you?
Every year, we gather feedback from Oregonians about the needs of people with disabilities. This input shapes our decisions about how to best focus our resources in the coming year. Continue Reading We want to hear from you about our work
A report, authored by staff attorney Sarah Radcliffe, finds that Multnomah County jail detainees in mental health crisis endure solitary confinement, violence and deprivation. Continue Reading Report: Conditions in Multnomah County jail
DRO testified that another minority, often forgotten, not only experiences twice the level of unemployment of others but endures a 37% wage gap. Yes, according to the American Institutes for Research, workers with disabilities are paid, on average, 37% less than their non-disabled peers for the same work. Continue Reading Legislative Update, week five
“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
Registration is now available for the 12th annual All Born (In) conference on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the Holiday Inn Portland Airport. Continue Reading Register now for All Born (In) conference
You can now set up an ABLE account in less than ten minutes at oregonablesavings.com. Disability Rights Oregon participated in the workgroup that helped develop the Oregon ABLE Savings Plan. Continue Reading ABLE savings plans now available in Oregon