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.

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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:

Oregon Settlements with USDOJ

Back in 2004, State Senator Avel Gordly sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ).  She asked that it investigate possible civil rights violations of past and current patients at the Oregon State Hospital (OSH) caused by “serious overcrowding and understaffing.” Continue Reading Oregon Settlements with USDOJ

Five Deaths at Dammasch Hospital

This report is the result of an investigation into the deaths of five patients at Dammasch State Hospital in 1993.  The investigation was begun in response to independent complaints about each death.  The report was released in the hope that it would bring attention to the conditions that contributed to these deaths and prevent future harm to Dammasch patients.… Continue Reading Five Deaths at Dammasch Hospital Continue Reading Five Deaths at Dammasch Hospital