ORS 418.327¹
Licensing of certain schools and organizations offering residential programs
  • rules

(1) Inspections and reviews of private schools or other organizations offering residential programs for children may be conducted by the Department of Human Services at times and frequencies of the department’s choosing. The department shall consult with representatives of the private schools and organizations in developing the standards that shall be the basis for inspections and reviews.

(2) Upon finding that the facilities and operation of a school or organization described in subsection (1) of this section meet the standards of the department for the physical health, care and safety of the children, the department shall issue a license to operate the residential program. The license shall be valid for a period of two years, unless sooner suspended or revoked by the department. However, the department may require that application be made for amendment to an existing license when changes in a facility or program are to occur. The department shall charge no fee for its own inspections or reviews, nor for issuing licenses, but may charge fees to cover costs of inspections done by other governmental agencies for the department.

(3) No person or organization shall operate a facility described in subsection (1) of this section without having a current, valid license issued by the department.

(4) Any person, including the Director of Human Services, may file a complaint with the department alleging that children attending a private school which provides boarding or residential programs, or that children within the control of any other organization which provides boarding or residential programs, are not receiving shelter, food, guidance, training or education necessary to the health, safety, welfare or social growth of the children or necessary to serve the best interests of society.

(5) The department shall investigate complaints made under subsection (4) of this section and, if a reasonable basis for sustaining the complaint appears, shall set a hearing to examine publicly the complaint. The department shall conduct its investigation under the standards and authority provided under ORS 418.215 (Private child-caring agency to be licensed) to 418.325 (Medical examinations required). Except as provided in subsection (7) of this section, at least two weeks’ written notice of the hearing and substance of the complaint and the evidence in support thereof shall be provided to the operator of the school or organization. The parents of the child or children involved shall be notified if such persons can be conveniently located. Notice shall be served personally on the operator of the school or organization, but may be served by mail at the last-known or determined address of the parent or other adult responsible for the child.

(6) The hearing shall comply with the provisions of ORS chapter 183 as to procedures, findings and orders. Where the evidence at the hearing justifies such an order, the department is authorized to order the private school or organization to correct the conditions not in conformity with standards. If corrections are not made within time limits set by the department, the department may suspend or revoke the license or may refuse to renew the license and is empowered to make any other lawful orders necessary to the protection of the child or children involved.

(7) Where a condition exists that immediately endangers the health or safety of a child, the Director of Human Services may issue an interim order without any notice, or with such notice as is practical under the circumstances, requiring the school or organization to alter the conditions under which the child lives or receives schooling. Such interim emergency order shall remain in force until a final order, after a hearing as provided in subsection (5) of this section, is entered.

(8) Any school or organization shall cooperate with the department in making any inspection or review or investigating any complaint made under this section.

(9) The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall cooperate with the department upon request by advising the department as to whether or not the educational program conducted at the school or organization meets minimum standards required of public educational institutions.

(10) Nothing in this section applies to public or private institutions of higher education, community colleges, common or union high school districts that provide board and room in lieu of transportation or any other child-caring program already subject to state licensing procedures by any agency of this state.

(11) Subject to ORS chapter 183, the department may adopt rules to implement this section.

(12) In addition to remedies otherwise provided under this section and under ORS 412.991 (Criminal penalties) and 418.990 (Criminal penalties), the department may commence an action to enjoin operation of a private school or other organization offering residential programs for children:

(a) If the school or organization is being operated without a valid license issued under subsection (2) of this section; or

(b) If the private school or organization fails to correct the conditions not in conformity with standards, as set out in an order issued under subsection (6) of this section, within the time specified in the order. [1975 c.313 §1; 1977 c.232 §1; 1979 c.284 §140; 1983 c.510 §15]

Chapter 418

Notes of Decisions

Where plaintiffs brought ac­tion under 42 U.S.C. 1983 alleging viola­tion of federal civil rights after defendant Children's Services Division employees removed plaintiffs' child from home following reports of abuse, CSD workers entitled to absolute immunity in investiga­tion, taking child into custody and keeping plaintiffs from visiting child. Tennyson v. Children's Services Division, 308 Or 80, 775 P2d 1365 (1989)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 418—Child Welfare Services, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors418.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 418, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­418ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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