2017 ORS 443.500¹
Investigation of registered facilities
  • access to facilities

(1) The Department of Human Services or Oregon Health Authority staff shall be permitted access to enter and investigate complaints of abuse in all facilities registered under ORS 443.480 (Definitions for ORS 443.480 to 443.500) to 443.500 (Investigation of registered facilities) and to ascertain the facility’s compliance with applicable rules, statutes, ordinances and regulations. If the department or the authority has reasonable cause to believe any facility is operating without registration or is in violation of ORS 443.480 (Definitions for ORS 443.480 to 443.500) to 443.500 (Investigation of registered facilities), the department or the authority may apply to the circuit court for a search warrant.

(2) Upon complaint of any person:

(a) The state or local fire inspectors shall be permitted access to enter and inspect facilities registered under ORS 443.480 (Definitions for ORS 443.480 to 443.500) to 443.500 (Investigation of registered facilities) regarding fire safety.

(b) The state or local health officers shall be permitted access to enter and inspect facilities registered under ORS 443.480 (Definitions for ORS 443.480 to 443.500) to 443.500 (Investigation of registered facilities) regarding health and sanitation.

(3) The owner or operator of a facility may not retaliate against any individual who files a complaint or any witness or employee of a facility interviewed about the complaint, including but not limited to retaliation by restriction of a resident’s otherwise lawful access to the facility and, with respect to an employee, retaliation by dismissal or harassment. [1989 c.581 §4; 2015 c.740 §5]

Note: See note under 443.480 (Definitions for ORS 443.480 to 443.500).

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 443—Residential Care; Adult Foster Homes; Hospice Programs, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors443.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
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.