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Family Forms and Policies


Visitor Application

To ensure patient safety and security, all Oregon State Hospital visitors must be approved in advance. If you have questions about how to fill out the visitor application or the application process please contact Consumer and Family Services at 503-947-8109 or osh.consumer&

Adult Apply to Visit                  Minor Apply to Visit
 Instructions for completing the Visitor Application

Each visitor, including children, must fill out separate applications. After the hospital receives an application and conducts a background check (adults only), it will send the application to the patient's treatment team. The team will work with the patient to make a final decision about each visitor.

Policies and Procedures

Everything at Oregon State Hospital is governed by policies. "Procedures" are the guidelines for following those policies. Here are some that are important for family and friends to know about. If you feel that the hospital's policies are not being followed, contact Deborah Howard, director of Family and Family Services.
  View all OSH Policies and Procedures

Patients' Rights

A plain-language version of the hospital's policy is printed in the patient handbooks, which every patient receives upon admission. Also available is the notice of privacy practices for Oregon Health Authority, which describes how medical information can be used, disclosed and accessed by patients.
 Notice of Privacy Practices (Oregon Health Authority, State Hospitals)

Respectful, Timely Communication by hospital staff with family and friends

Once an information release form (#2099) has been completed and approved for you, "All Oregon State Hospital staff shall communicate with family and significant others in a responsive, respectful, timely, and collaborative manner ..."

We also ask that families enhance their involvement as a partner in the health-care process. Please click on the attachment below for more information about family responsibilities.

Family Responsibilities


If a patient is unable to resolve an issue informally by talking with a nurse, nurse manager or other staff member, he or she can file a grievance. Whenever possible a patient or representative shall attempt to resolve grievances informally. For more information about grievances, contact Consumer & Family Services.

Languages other than English

"… patients, family members, and significant others with limited English proficiency shall have meaningful access to services, treatment, and programs in their primary language …"  For more information about language services, contact Consumer & Family Services.

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