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

 

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:

 

Staff attorney testifies on behalf of annual federal review of City of Portland

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

Street Roots reports on isolation of incarcerated youth with mental illness

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

Confused about health insurance?

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?

Rally organized in response to DOJ Settlement Agreement proceedings

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 assists person to advocate for least restrictive treatment at Oregon State Hospital

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