Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board – seeking members

Oregon State Hospital Currently Seeking Members for the Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board (OSHAB)

This new advisory board was created by the Legislature in 2009 to improve the safety, security and care of patients at the Oregon State Hospital. Deadline to apply is September 1, 2009.

OSHAB consists of 16 members. Fourteen members shall be appointed by the Governor and be subject to confirmation by the Senate. Members appointed by the Governor shall serve four-year terms and serve at the pleasure of the Governor and shall include the following:

    1. Three voting members who are individuals who advocate for or provide representation to individuals with mental illness;
    2. Three voting members who are health care professionals who have experience working with individuals with mental illness;
    3. Two voting members who are or have been consumers of mental health services, at least one of whom is a former patient of the Oregon State Hospital in Salem;
    4. One voting member who is a member of the family of a consumer of mental health services;
    5. Two voting members who are members of the general public who live in the vicinity of the Oregon State Hospital, Salem, Marion County; and
    6. Three non-voting members who are members of a public employee bargaining unit and who are employed by the Oregon State Hospital, Salem, as follows:

      a) One individual to represent board-certified physicians;
      b) One individual to represent board-certified nursing; and
      c) One individual to represent direct-care services staff.

Members appointed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall serve two-year terms.

OSHAB members will work closely with the Department of Human Services, Oregon State Hospital management team. The OSHAB as required by law:

    * Shall periodically conduct a comprehensive review of federal and state laws concerning, and administrative rules, policies, procedures and protocols of the Oregon State Hospital related to, the safety, security and care of patients;
    * May make recommendations directly to the superintendent of the Oregon State Hospital, the Director of Human Services, the Legislative Assembly or interim committees of the Legislative Assembly concerning:

      * Federal and state laws concerning, and administrative rules, policies, procedures and protocols of the hospital related to, the safety, security and care of patients;
      * Performance measures related to the safety, security and care of patients;
      * Goals for improvement in the safety, security and care of patients of the hospital and improvements that are under way; and
      * Potential legislative proposals or budget packages related to the hospital.

The OSHAB will meet every other month the first Thursday of the month. Meetings will typically run two to three hours per month. The meeting schedule will be refined when the new Board is selected and confirmed. Unpaid representatives of consumers, family members, and advocacy organizations may be eligible for reimbursement for their travel expenses.
Application Process

In order to establish a board that best represents Oregon, nominees must be individuals who:

1. Are citizens of the United States and are residents of Oregon.
2. Have demonstrated leadership skills in their professional and civic lives.
3. Represent, to the greatest extent possible, various geographic, ethnic, gender, racial and economic diversity of the state.
4. Collectively offer expertise, knowledge and experience in health care, mental illness, mental health services, and consumer advocacy.

Individuals who wish to serve on the OSHAB must submit an interest form to the Governor. The Governor’s Office may request that the Oregon State Police review a person’s background before making an appointment.

If you are interested, please complete the Interest Form. You can also access the form online at: http://www.governor.state.or.us/Gov/pdf/forms/Interestform.doc.

Please return the completed form by September 1, 2009, to:

    Executive Appointments, Office of the Governor
    900 Court Street NE Room 160
    Salem, OR 97301-4047
    Phone: (503) 378-3123
    Fax: (503) 373-0840

If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to call Pam Palke, at 503-945-2870.

Richard Harris, Interim Assistant Director – Addictions and Mental Health Division