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
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:
Our report concludes that the Department of Corrections has failed to significantly improve conditions for inmates with serious mental illness held in the Oregon State Penitentiary. Continue Reading Report: State prison
One event will take input on the reforms outlined in a settlement with the US Department of Justice. The other four events will take input on the goals of the City of Portland Independent Police Review. Continue Reading Action: Give feedback on Portland Police oversight
In response to our lawsuit, DHS has agreed to temporarily restore previous in-home care services for people with disabilities that the agency cut this Fall. Continue Reading Temporary freeze to home care cuts
Share your story about the services you need. Contact your federal representatives. Spread the word on social media. Continue Reading Save Medicaid
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
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
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
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