2015 ORS 426.250¹
Payment of costs related to commitment proceedings

The following is a nonexclusive list of responsibilities for payment of various costs related to commitment proceedings under this chapter as described:

(1) Any physician or qualified professional recommended by the Oregon Health Authority who is employed under ORS 426.110 (Appointment of examiners) to make an examination as to the mental condition of a person alleged to have a mental illness shall be allowed a fee as the court in its discretion determines reasonable for the examination.

(2) Witnesses subpoenaed to give testimony shall receive the same fees as are paid in criminal cases, and are subject to compulsory attendance in the same manner as provided in ORS 136.567 (Issuance of subpoena for witnesses for defendant) to 136.603 (Payment of witness who is from outside state or is indigent). The attendance of out-of-state witnesses may be secured in the same manner as provided in ORS 136.623 (Definitions) to 136.637 (Short title). The party who subpoenas the witness or requests the court to subpoena the witness is responsible for payment of the cost of the subpoena and payment for the attendance of the witness at a hearing. When the witness has been subpoenaed on behalf of a person alleged to have a mental illness who is represented by appointed counsel, the fees and costs allowed for that witness shall be paid pursuant to ORS 135.055 (Compensation and expenses of appointed counsel). If the costs of witnesses subpoenaed by the person are paid as provided under this subsection, the procedure for subpoenaing witnesses shall comply with ORS 136.570 (Application for subpoenas for more than 10 witnesses).

(3) If a person with a right to a counsel under ORS 426.100 (Advice of court), 426.701 (Commitment of "extremely dangerous" person with mental illness) or 426.702 (Discharge from commitment of extremely dangerous person with mental illness) is determined to be financially eligible for appointed counsel at state expense, the public defense services executive director shall determine and pay, as provided in ORS 135.055 (Compensation and expenses of appointed counsel), the reasonable expenses related to the representation of the person and compensation for legal counsel. The expenses and compensation so allowed shall be paid by the public defense services executive director from funds available for the purpose.

(4) The authority shall pay the costs of expenses incurred under ORS 426.100 (Advice of court) by the Attorney General’s office. Any costs for district attorneys or other counsel appointed to assume responsibility for presenting the state’s case shall be paid by the county where the commitment hearing is held, subject to reimbursement under ORS 426.310 (Reimbursement of county expenses for commitment proceedings involving nonresidents).

(5) All costs incurred in connection with a proceeding under ORS 426.180 (Emergency commitment of individuals in Indian country), 426.701 (Commitment of "extremely dangerous" person with mental illness) or 426.702 (Discharge from commitment of extremely dangerous person with mental illness), including the costs of transportation, commitment and delivery of the person, shall be paid by the community mental health program in the county of which the person is a resident. If the person is not a resident of this state, then the costs incurred in connection with the proceeding shall be paid by the community mental health program in the county from which the emergency admission was made.

(6) All costs incurred in connection with a proceeding under ORS 426.180 (Emergency commitment of individuals in Indian country) for the commitment of a person from a reservation, including the cost of transportation, commitment and delivery of the person, shall be paid by the governing body of the reservation of which the person is a resident. [Amended by 1965 c.420 §2; 1975 c.690 §17; 1977 c.764 §6; 1987 c.606 §9; 1987 c.903 §§26,26a; 2001 c.962 §59; 2009 c.595 §412; 2011 c.720 §162; 2012 c.25 §4; 2013 c.360 §46; 2013 c.715 §9; 2015 c.785 §5]

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; Dangerous Persons; Commitment; Housing, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors426.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 426, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano426.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
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.