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Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board seeks new members

If you are passionate about making a difference in the lives of people residing at Oregon State Hospital, please consider applying for a position on its advisory board.

The Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board has the following positions to fill:

  • Member of the public who lives near an Oregon State Hospital campus – either Salem or Junction City
  • Family advocate of someone who receives or has received mental health services

Members are appointed by the governor and are subject to confirmation by the Senate. Members shall serve four-year terms. The positions are unpaid and are eligible for reappointment.

The Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board meets six times a year, on the third Thursday of odd-numbered months. It’s charged with periodically reviewing state and federal laws concerning OSH policies and procedures related to patient care, safety and security. The board may make recommendations directly with the OSH superintendent, Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon State Legislature.

In recent years, the board has served as the rules advisory committee supporting increased patient privacy. It’s also influenced policies concerning reproductive health and treatment for patients who are unable to aid and assist in their own defense due to a mental illness.

The board’s work supports the continued excellent care of patients at Oregon State Hospital. If you are committed to supporting people with mental health challenges become well and achieve their personal goals, please consider applying for a position on the board.

Applications are available online at

For more information, contact Jacee Vangestel, assistant to the Oregon State Hospital superintendent, at 503-945-2852 or email her at