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2019 SENATE BILLS 24 AND 25

Senate Bill 24 Fact Sheet 

Senate Bill 25 Fact Sheet

 
During its 2019 session, the Oregon Legislature passed Senate bills 24 and 25. Both are already in effect. This is a positive step toward helping people receive competency restoration services at the right level of care to meet their needs.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is working to alleviate patient population pressure at Oregon State Hospital caused by the rapidly escalating number of patients sent there by local courts under "aid and assist" orders. The changes made in SB 24 will help reduce the wait time for people under "aid and assist" orders to be admitted to Oregon State Hospital. It also ensures that individuals eligible for community restoration receive those services.

Revised Order Templates

Temporary Rules for Community Mental Health Programs

  • For more information about Community Mental Health Programs Community Restoration Services, please contact Forensic Diversion Coordinator Cody Gabel at CODY.W.GABEL@dhsoha.state.or.us or at 971-283-6160. 
     

In addition to the legislation, OHA is strengthening investments in community services, including community restoration services, and creating more capacity at Oregon State Hospital to serve the “aid and assist” population. Learn more by reading OHA Director Patrick Allen’s June 7 memo to Governor Kate Brown.

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