On Wednesday, January 7, 2015, DRO staff attorney Jan Friedman provided testimony for the Portland City Commissioners regarding the need to have the Annual Review before Judge Simon to gauge the status of the US DOJ and Portland Police Bureau Settlement Agreement. DRO’s participation was encouraged by the Albina Ministerial Alliance (of which DRO is a part). The… Continue Reading Staff attorney testifies on behalf of annual federal review of City of Portland
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
Our most recent posts about mental health news:
Street Roots has published an investigative report on how juveniles who have a mental illness are treated within the criminal justice system, as well as information about a proposed bill to limit the use of isolation. The kids from the hall: Oregon Youth Authority rethinks how it manages troubled youths (Street Roots, 1/10/2015) A snapshot… Continue Reading Street Roots reports on isolation of incarcerated youth with mental illness
Mental Health America is a community Navigator program, meaning they help people understand the federal health care Marketplace. Check out their page about How Insurance Works, How to Use Insurance, and Fact Sheets about insurance terms. They have brochures in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Amharic, Chinese, and Vietnamese. Some of their brochures: How Insurance Works (English)… Continue Reading Confused about health insurance?
Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform c/o Allen Temple, 4236 NE 8th Ave Portland, OR 97211 503-287-0261 www.albinaministerialcoalition.org Kickoff Rally for Campaign to Rescind City’s Appeal of Judge’s Order When: Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 12:00 Noon Where: Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th The City of Portland has decided… Continue Reading Rally organized in response to DOJ Settlement Agreement proceedings
DRO participates on the Portland Police Bureau’s Behavioral Health Unit Advisory Council. At this presentation and public forum, learn more about how PPB serves people with disabilities. Continue Reading Portland Police presentation & public forum, December 9
The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), alleging that PPB used improper force against people with mental illness or perceived mental illness. Throughout the process, DRO has remained involved in advocating for the safety and rights of people with disabilities. Continue Reading DRO remains active in Department of Justice settlement process
Someone contacted us because she wanted to know more about how to help her sister, who was facing criminal charges related to her mental illness, and neither of them understood the process. Continue Reading DRO intake staff support family to understand mental health law
He needed accommodations in order to comply with the terms of his probation. DRO advocated on his behalf. Continue Reading DRO assists person to get reasonable accommodations from his probation officer
A veteran with a 100% service connected disability wanted to be seen by the doctor who was an expert on the Gulf War and its health perils. Continue Reading DRO helps veteran get access to a Veterans Administration specialist doctor
Due to outside stressors and increased mental health symptoms, a patient at the Oregon State Hospital began having more dangeorus physical health symptoms. He would experience serious negative side effects if he took higher doses of medication for his condition. He felt that adjusting his mental health medications would help reduce his symptoms. DRO assisted him… Continue Reading DRO assists person to advocate for least restrictive treatment at Oregon State Hospital