Mental health

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

FAQ: How to Request Help from Us

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:

Know Your Rights: Disability Rights in Oregon Prisons

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:

Youth standing by pad on floor of empty cell.

Voices of kids at NORCOR

The names of the kids who were interviewed as part of our investigation were changed to protect their identities.  Eli’s Story A boy with a history of self-harm was disciplined for 69 consecutive days for talking and “being needy.” The boy said that he was disciplined for having an additional book in his cell. “I… Continue Reading Voices of kids at NORCOR

Captain Louis Belluomini sitting in the back of an ambulance with his service dog.

Meet Captain Louis Belluomini, combat veteran and paramedic

We wanted to share this great story from the Northwest ADA Center in Idaho. The center profiled Captain Louis Belluomini — a paramedic, combat veteran and person who relies on a service animal to manage his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) symptoms. His service dog Star is his reasonable accommodation in… Continue Reading Meet Captain Louis Belluomini, combat veteran and paramedic