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Public Defense Providers Information

 Important Updates

  • Due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19, the Commercial Street office and is closed from Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14. The OPDS Accounts Payable Department remains open, but with a reduced number of staff. OPDS is following State of Oregon protocols for this closure, and we will continue to monitor the situation. In-office operations will resume on Monday, May 17, 2021 unless otherwise notified. Any updates will be posted here. We thank you for your patience.

  • DAS Informational Glitch: The Department of Administrative Services (DAS), who processes all payments on behalf of the State of Oregon, reported that they had an informational reporting glitch in their system on March 10, 2021.

    This informational glitch did not prevent any payments from being processed by DAS. The DAS ACH Coordinator has confirmed that all payments were processed as usual. We have been informed that the informational glitch has since been rectified in the DAS system. Again, no payments were delayed or prevented due to this informational glitch.

    If you have any questions regarding your personal banking account with DAS, please contact directly. OPDS does not have access to the banking information that vendors have set up with DAS.

  • A/P Closures: The Accounts Payable department was closed from the afternoon of Thursday, February 11, through Tuesday, February 16, due to building closures and power outages. Staff are back in the office today, February 17, and are working hard to get caught up. We thank you for your patience.

  • Building Closed to Public: Due to vandalism at the Commercial Street office, the building's public entrance is now locked. Anything you wish to be delivered to OPDS Contracts & Business Services, including to the Accounts Payable department, should be mailed to 198 Commercial Street SE, Suite # 205, Salem OR 97301. (11/23/2020)


  • Form 1099 Year End Tax Report Reminder: This is a friendly reminder that 1099 forms will be distributed to vendors by the Department of Administrative Services ( DAS) at the end of January 2021. It is important to keep your contact information (mailing address and phone number) updated with OPDS so you receive it. (11/12/2020)

           If your address has changed since last year, please ensure your current address is on file by sending an email with the 
           subject line "Contact Information Update" to Be sure to include your full current mailing
           address and contact information in the email.


Accounts Payable Update

The following payment processing information is provided as a courtesy to our vendors. Processing time may vary for individual payment submissions depending on compliance or complexity issues. 

The accounts payable team is currently working on final approval and release of payment for submissions accepted into the queue
prior to April 8, 2021.

 Business & Financial Services Overview

The Business & Financial Services Division of the Office of Public Defense Services provides effective and efficient delivery of public defense within the state court system:
  • Establishing, revising, and monitoring compliance with policies and procedures regarding the qualification and payment of public defense providers and the operation of the indigence verification program.
  • Negotiating and monitoring public defense services contracts for both attorney and non-attorney providers.
  • Serving as a resource for the Public Defense Services Commission, public defense providers, trial and appellate courts, the legislative assembly, and other state and local agencies involved in the criminal and juvenile justice system.
  • Performing research and providing consultation and guidance on public defense related legal and budgetary issues.
Business & Financial Services, including Contracts and Accounts Payable, has a new address: 

          Office of Public Defense Services
          Business Services
          198 Commercial Street SE, Suite # 205
          Salem, OR 97301

Please update your records. Mail not addressed to the new address may take an additional day or two to arrive.

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 Contact Information 

Business Services

198 Commercial Street SE, Suite # 205
Salem, Oregon 97301
Phone: 503.378.2478

Karla Bethell
Accounts Payable Manager
 Phone: 503.967.0747

Requests for preauthorization of non-routine expenses may be faxed to 503.378.4463 or emailed to

Billings may be faxed to 503.378.4463 or emailed to


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