2007 ORS 426.385¹
Rights of committed persons

(1) Every mentally ill person committed to the Department of Human Services shall have the right to:

(a) Communicate freely in person and by reasonable access to telephones;

(b) Send and receive sealed mail, except that this right may be limited for security reasons in state institutions as described in ORS 426.010 (State hospitals for mentally ill persons);

(c) Wear the clothing of the person;

(d) Keep personal possessions, including toilet articles;

(e) Religious freedom;

(f) A private storage area with free access thereto;

(g) Be furnished with a reasonable supply of writing materials and stamps;

(h) A written treatment plan, kept current with the progress of the person;

(i) Be represented by counsel whenever the substantial rights of the person may be affected;

(j) Petition for a writ of habeas corpus;

(k) Not be required to perform routine labor tasks of the facility except those essential for treatment;

(L) Be given reasonable compensation for all work performed other than personal housekeeping duties;

(m) Daily access to fresh air and the outdoors, except that this right may be limited when it would create significant risk of harm to the person or others;

(n) Such other rights as may be specified by rule; and

(o) Exercise all civil rights in the same manner and with the same effect as one not admitted to the facility, including, but not limited to, the right to dispose of real property, execute instruments, make purchases, enter contractual relationships, and vote, unless the person has been adjudicated incompetent and has not been restored to legal capacity. Disposal of personal property in possession of the person in a state institution described in ORS 426.010 (State hospitals for mentally ill persons) is subject to limitation for security reasons.

(2)(a) A person must be immediately informed, verbally and in writing, of any limitation:

(A) Of the right to send or receive sealed mail under subsection (1)(b) of this section;

(B) Regarding the disposal of personal property under subsection (1)(o) of this section; and

(C) Of the right to daily access to fresh air and the outdoors under subsection (1)(m) of this section.

(b) Any limitation under this subsection and the reasons for the limitation must be stated in the person’s written treatment plan.

(c) The person has the right to challenge any limitation under this subsection pursuant to rules adopted by the department. The person must be informed, verbally and in writing, of this right.

(3) Mentally ill persons committed to the department shall have the right to be free from potentially unusual or hazardous treatment procedures, including convulsive therapy, unless they have given their express and informed consent or authorized the treatment pursuant to ORS 127.700 (Definitions for ORS 127.700 to 127.737) to 127.737 (Certain other laws applicable to declaration). This right may be denied to such persons for good cause as defined in administrative rule only by the director of the facility in which the person is confined, but only after consultation with and approval of an independent examining physician. Any denial shall be entered into the patient’s treatment record and shall include the reasons for the denial. No patient shall be subjected to psychosurgery, as defined in ORS 677.190 (Grounds for suspending, revoking or refusing to grant license, registration or certification) (22)(b).

(4) Mechanical restraints shall not be applied to a person admitted to a facility unless it is determined by the chief medical officer of the facility or designee to be required by the medical needs of the person. Every use of a mechanical restraint and the reasons therefor shall be made a part of the clinical record of the person over the signature of the chief medical officer of the facility or designee.

(5) Nothing in this section prevents the department from acting to exclude contraband from its facilities and to prevent possession or use of contraband in its facilities.

(6) As used in this section:

(a) "Contraband" has the meaning given that term in ORS 162.135 (Definitions for ORS 162.135 to 162.205).

(b) "Security reasons" means the protection of the mentally ill person from serious and immediate harm and the protection of others from threats or harassment as defined by rule of the department. [1967 c.460 §4; 1973 c.838 §28; 1981 c.372 §3; 1983 c.486 §1; 1993 c.442 §16; 1995 c.141 §1; 2001 c.104 §152; 2007 c.56 §1]

Notes of Decisions

Although State of Oregon created protected liberty interest for all per­sons committed to custody of Mental Health and Develop­mental Disability Services Division in sending sealed mail, where practice of restricting outgoing mail of patient of Oregon State Hospital was significant part of treat­ment plan, restric­tion did not abridge his rights under U.S. Constitu­tion. Martyr v. Mazur-Hart, 789 F Supp 1081 (1992)

Patient's outgoing mail cannot be censored by Mental Health and Develop­mental Disability Services Division as part of providing treat­ment. Martyr v. State of Oregon, 130 Or App 528, 883 P2d 237 (1994)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Right of mentally diseased per­son to vote, (1972) Vol 35, p 1220; mandatory compensa­tion of patients for services performed, (1976) Vol 38, p 494

Law Review Cita­tions

53 OLR 245-270 (1974)

Notes of Decisions

The doctor-patient privilege applies under these sec­tions. State v. O'Neill, 274 Or 59, 545 P2d 97 (1976)

Prior to commit­ment there must be evidence proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the individual is mentally ill as defined. State v. O'Neill, 274 Or 59, 545 P2d 97 (1976)

The Oregon commit­ment statutes are not unconstitu­tional on the grounds of vagueness or as an invasion of privacy as protected by the Ninth and Fourteenth Amend­ments to the United States Constitu­tion. State v. O'Neill, 274 Or 59, 545 P2d 97 (1976)

Oregon Constitu­tion did not require jury in mental commit­ment hearings. State v. Mills, 36 Or App 727, 585 P2d 1143 (1978), Sup Ct review denied

Alleged mentally ill per­son does not have right to remain silent in civil commit­ment pro­ceed­ing. State v. Matthews, 46 Or App 757, 613 P2d 88 (1980), Sup Ct review denied

Law Review Cita­tions

9 WLJ 63-85 (1973)

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Notes of Decisions

The entire statutory scheme of involuntary commit­ment provides adequate procedural safeguards which satisfies the require­ments of due process and equal protec­tion. Dietrich v. Brooks, 27 Or App 821, 558 P2d 357 (1976), Sup Ct review denied

Atty. Gen. Opinions

County of residence paying mental commit­ment costs, (1979) Vol 40, p 147; civil commit­ment to Mental Health Division of per­son against whom crim­i­nal charges are pending, (1980) Vol 41, p 91

Law Review Cita­tions

16 WLR 448 (1979)


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 426—Persons With Mental Illness; Sexually Dangerous Persons, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­426.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 426, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­426ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
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.