ORS 182.515¹
Definitions for ORS 182.515 and 182.525

As used in this section and ORS 182.525 (Mandatory expenditures for evidence-based programs):

(1) “Agency” means:

(a) The Department of Corrections;

(b) The Oregon Youth Authority;

(c) The Youth Development Division; and

(d) That part of the Oregon Health Authority that deals with mental health and addiction issues.

(2) “Cost-effective” means that benefits realized over a reasonable period of time are greater than costs, as determined utilizing a cost-benefit analytical tool identified by the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission.

(3) “Evidence-based program” means a program that:

(a) Incorporates significant and relevant practices based on scientifically based research; and

(b) Is cost-effective.

(4)(a) “Program” means a treatment or intervention program or service that is intended to:

(A) Reduce the propensity of a person to commit crimes;

(B) Improve the mental health of a person with the result of reducing the likelihood that the person will commit a crime or need emergency mental health services; or

(C) Reduce the propensity of a person who is less than 18 years of age to engage in antisocial behavior with the result of reducing the likelihood that the person will become a juvenile offender.

(b) “Program” does not include:

(A) An educational program or service that an agency is required to provide to meet educational requirements imposed by state law; or

(B) A program that provides basic medical services.

(5) “Scientifically based research” means research that obtains reliable and valid knowledge by:

(a) Employing systematic, empirical methods that draw on observation or experiment;

(b) Involving rigorous data analyses that are adequate to test the stated hypotheses and justify the general conclusions drawn;

(c) Relying on measurements or observational methods that provide reliable and valid data across evaluators and observers, across multiple measurements and observations and across studies by the same or different investigators; and

(d) Utilizing randomized controlled trials when possible and appropriate. [2003 c.669 §3; 2005 c.503 §12; 2009 c.595 §162; 2012 c.37 §37; 2013 c.623 §10; 2013 c.649 §41]

Note: 182.515 (Definitions for ORS 182.515 and 182.525) and 182.525 (Mandatory expenditures for evidence-based programs) were enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but were not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 182 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 182—State Administrative Agencies, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors182.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent. Currency Information