Through December 27, the Oregon State Hospital will not be accepting any patients without criminal charges. The suspension was announced Monday in a letter to the hospital’s affiliates.
According to OSH spokeswoman Rebeka Gipson-King, the suspension is meant to ensure compliance with a 2002 court order requiring criminal defendants deemed mentally ill receive treatment within seven days.
The hospital normally tries to keep 32 beds open for such “aid and assist” patients. Currently only 39 are available, prompting the suspension.
“We wanted to make sure that we were still able to meet our legal obligations to the people who are coming in under aid and assist within the seven days,” she said.
OSH Chief Medical Officer Tyler Jones wrote “We acknowledge this may cause a hardship for community hospitals and the people who are waiting for admission to OSH. Please know we do not take this action lightly.”
By Brandon Urey