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:

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

Bob Joondeph’s statement on withdrawal of ACA repeal bill

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

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Q&A: Mia’s story

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