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:

Know Your Rights: The Aid and Assist Process

Know Your Rights: Disability Rights in Oregon Jails


Know Your Rights: Disability Rights in Oregon Prisons


Mental Health Law in Oregon – Fourth Edition


Involuntary Medication Hearing Handbook


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