Oregon Persons With Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities
ORS 427.107
Rights of persons receiving developmental disability services; rules


As used in this section:


“Facility” means any of the following that are licensed or certified by the Department of Human Services or that contract with the department for the provision of services:


A health care facility as defined in ORS 442.015 (Definitions);


A domiciliary care facility as defined in ORS 443.205 (Definitions for ORS 443.215 and 443.225);


A residential facility as defined in ORS 443.400 (Definitions for ORS 443.400 to 443.455); or


An adult foster home as defined in ORS 443.705 (Definitions for ORS 443.705 to 443.825).


“Person” means an individual who has an intellectual or developmental disability as defined in ORS 427.005 (Definitions) and receives services from a program or facility.


“Program” means a community developmental disabilities program as described in ORS 430.662 (Duties of Department of Human Services to provide or to contract for provision of community developmental disabilities services) and agencies with which the department or the program contracts to provide services.


“Service” means a community-based service described in ORS 427.007 (Policy).


While receiving developmental disability services, every person shall have the right to:


Be free from abuse or neglect and to report any incident of abuse or neglect without being subject to retaliation.


Be free from seclusion or personal, chemical or mechanical restraints unless an imminent risk of physical harm to the person or others exists and only for as long as the imminent risk continues.


Not receive services without informed voluntary written consent except in a medical emergency or as otherwise permitted by law.


Not participate in experimentation without informed voluntary written consent.


A humane environment that affords reasonable privacy and the ability to engage in private communications with people of the individual’s choosing through personal visits, mail, telephone or electronic means.


Visit with family members, friends, advocates and legal and medical professionals.


Participate regularly in the community and use community resources.


Not be required to perform labor, except personal housekeeping duties, without reasonable and lawful compensation.


Seek a meaningful life by choosing from available services and enjoying the benefits of community involvement and community integration in a manner that is least restrictive to the person’s liberty considering the person’s preferences and age.


An individualized service plan, services based upon that plan and periodic review and reassessment of service needs.


Ongoing participation in the planning of services, including the right to participate in the development and periodic revision of the plan for services, the right to be provided with an explanation of all service considerations in a manner that ensures meaningful individual participation and the right to invite others of the person’s choosing to participate in the plan for services.


Not be involuntarily terminated or transferred from services without prior notice, notification of available sources of necessary continued services and exercise of a grievance procedure.


Be informed at the start of services and annually thereafter of the rights guaranteed by this section, the contact information for the protection and advocacy system described in ORS 192.517 (Access to records of individual with disability or individual with mental illness) (1), and the procedures for filing grievances, hearings or appeals if services have been or are proposed to be reduced, eliminated or changed.


Be encouraged and assisted in exercising all legal rights.


Assert grievances with respect to infringement of the rights described in this section, including the right to have such grievances considered in a fair, timely and impartial grievance procedure without any form of retaliation or punishment.


Manage the person’s own money and financial affairs unless that right has been taken away by court order or other legal procedure.


Keep and use personal property and have a reasonable amount of personal storage space.


The rights described in this section are in addition to, and do not limit, all other statutory and constitutional rights that are afforded all citizens including, but not limited to, the right to exercise religious freedom, vote, marry, have or not have children, own and dispose of property, enter into contracts and execute documents.


A person who is receiving developmental disability services has the right under ORS 430.212 (Reconnection of family members to individual with developmental disability) to be informed and to have the person’s guardian and any representative designated by the person be informed that a family member has contacted the department to determine the location of the person, and to be informed of the name and contact information, if known, of the family member.


The rights described in this section may be asserted and exercised by the person, the person’s guardian and any representative designated by the person.


Nothing in this section may be construed to alter any legal rights and responsibilities between parent and child.


The department shall adopt rules concerning the rights described in this section that are consistent with the directives set forth in ORS 427.007 (Policy). [2013 c.36 §1; 2019 c.276 §5]
Note: 427.107 (Rights of persons receiving developmental disability services) and 427.109 (Complaint procedures) were enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but were not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 427 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.
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