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OSH visitor application


Thank you for your interest in visiting a patient at the Oregon State Hospital. Active involvement and support of family and friends is an important part of the recovery process for many patients.

Instructions for completing visitor application 

Only visitors to patients who have been forensically committed need to complete applications. Forensic commitments include:

  • Patients who have been found guilty except for insanity; or

  • Patients who are receiving treatment to help them understand the criminal charges against them and to assist in their own defense.

Your application will be processed as quickly as possible so that you may be able to visit your family member or friend. The visitor application will ask you your preferred method of communication, and OSH will use that method to notify you when your application has been processed and if you have been approved to visit. If your visitor application is denied, you will have the right to appeal the decision after 30 days. 

  1. Download the OSH visitor application (PDF). 

  2. You can also call the OSH Communication Center at 503-945-2800 to have an application mailed to you or pick up an application at the hospital’s main lobby.

  3. Make sure your application is legible, complete and correct. The hospital will not approve applications if they cannot be read or if information is missing, inaccurate or untruthful.

  4. Return your application to the Communication Center:
    • In person at the Communication Center window in the main lobby;

    • By mail to the following address:
      Oregon State Hospital Communication Center
      2600 Center Street NE
      Salem, OR 97301

    • By fax at 503-945-2807; or

    • By scanning and emailing it to OSH.COMMCENTER@state.or.us

NOTE: Patients have the right to choose their own visitors. To be approved, the individual you are requesting to visit must agree to see you, you must pass a criminal background check and the patient’s treatment team must determine that it is in the best interest of the patient to see you. 

Background checks

OSH conducts background checks on all visitors to patients who are on a forensic unit. Applicatants with criminal history may be approved. However, the following are automatic grounds for denial: open felony warrants; unmodified restraining orders between the applicant and any patient; protective orders between the applicant and any patient; aiding in an escape; conviction of supplying contraband to an inmate or anyone housed in a corrections facilities within the past two years; possession and/or delivery of an explosive device.

Questions or concerns 

Please contact Deborah Howard, Director of Consumer and Family Services, at 503 945-7132.