The Oregon State Hospital remains, after public scrutiny, new management, complete renovation, better public relations, a dangerous place for patients and for staff members. This routine danger is underlined by a popular Facebook Page, Oregon State Hospital staff injuries.
The causes of the continuing danger and injuries is complex set of issues of Federal and State law, of medicine and medication, of social work and psychology – both for the hospital patients and hospital staff, of training, of resources, of architecture, of state employee union contracts. Hospital direct care staff have complained about injuries from patients for decades, typical prior to union contract negotiations.
There isn’t yet a Facebook page of Oregon State Hospital patient injuries.
BUT that’s not the
Public hearing at 8 a.m. before the House Committee on Business and Labor in Hearing Room E.
House Bill 4036: Would elevate an assault on an Oregon State Hospital employee from a misdemeanor to a felony. The same bill was introduced in 2013 and has support from the hospital employees who say patient assaults on staff aren’t prosecuted frequently enough. Public hearing at 1 p.m. before the House Judiciary Committee in Hearing Room 343.