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Public Health – Local Health Department Directory
The Oregon public health system comprises federal, state and local agencies, private organizations and other diverse partners working together to protect and promote the health of Oregonians. Oregon needs a strong public health system to achieve better health outcomes at lower costs and to transform health care delivery.
Oregon Board of Nursing
The Oregon State Board of Nursing safeguards the public's health and wellbeing by providing guidance for, and regulation of, entry into the profession, nursing education and continuing safe practice.
Office of the State Fire Marshal
Protecting citizens, their property, and the environment from fire and hazardous materials.
Nursing Home Administrators
The Nursing Home Administrators Board (NHAB) consists of nine members appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate.
Nursing Facility Oregon Revised Statutes
The ORS is published every two years. Each edition incorporates all laws, and changes to laws, enacted by the Legislative Assembly through the odd-numbered year regular session referenced in the volume titles for that edition.
Nursing Facility Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs)

The following OARs govern nursing facilities:

Life Safety Code Guide – Nursing Facilities
This manual is designed to assist facilities in meeting minimum code requirementsfor fire and life safety topics for the benefit of residents and employees.
Health Planning (Chapter 442)
Administrator of the Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research
Health Care Facilities (Chapter 441)
Health Care Facilities - Licensing and supervision of facilities and organizations.
Facilities Planning and Safety Diagram
State architectural office that reviews construction plans for nursing facilities.
Facilities Planning and Safety
Facilities Planning and Safety provides review of plans, consultation and project inspector services for facilities to be licensed and/or certified by OHA, Public Health or DHS Senior Services. These include all public and private general hospitals, nursing homes, residential care and assisted living facilities, ambulatory surgical centers, mental hospitals, dialysis facilities, special inpatient care facilities, hospice facilities and birthing centers.
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
Title 42, Part 483, Requirements for long-term care facilities.
CMS State Operations Manual, Appendix PP
Process guide for survey for long-term care facilities.
CMS State Operations Manual
Process guidance for state agencies administering nursing facility programs.
Certificate of Need
In an effort to control the rapidly escalating costs of health care through planning and regulation, most states, including Oregon, have Certificate of Need ("CN") programs. Oregon’s CN program was instituted 1971 and arose out of the legislature's desire to achieve reasonable access to quality health care at a reasonable cost.