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Patient Leave Communications
|Approved By: DHS Chief Administrative Officer
Approved Date: 06/17/2005
policy describes the responsibilities for DHS in communicating about
unauthorized leaves of patients and residents from state facilities.
purpose of the policy on Unauthorized Patient Leave Communications is to
ensure DHS follows a consistent statewide policy for publicly reporting unauthorized
leaves of patients and residents from its three State Hospital campuses in
Salem, Pendleton, and Portland, the Eastern Oregon Training Center, and state-operated
- To avert a serious and imminent threat to the safety of the public
when a patient is on unauthorized leave;
- To avert a serious and imminent threat to the safety of the patient
who is on unauthorized leave;
- To inform law enforcement about the missing person.
- To warn the public or identify a concern for the missing patientís
welfare by issuing public notices to help secure the patientís
return to care, safety and treatment.
policy applies to all DHS employees and contractors who work in or with
Failure to Comply: Failure to comply with the policy may result in disciplinary action.
- Notification Responsibilities
- DHS Office of Public Affairs (OPA), working
with appropriate State Hosptial, Office of Mental Health and
Addiction Services (OMHAS) or Seniors and People with Disabilities
(SPD) representatives, notifies law enforcement and the news
media when a patient or resident is determined to be on an
unauthorized leave from one of Oregonís three state hospital
campuses or from a state-operated group home.
- The hospital or group home has a reasonable
belief that such notification is necessary to prevent or lessen
a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of a
person or the public.
- Notification is made after the individual
has been on unauthorized leave for more than one hour, or
immediately if the individual poses a more imminent danger
to self or others.
- As a part of the public notification, the
client should not be identified as a participant (past or
present) of an alcohol or drug treatment program, but rather
indicate at most, if necessary, that the client was receiving
health care services or treatment.
Unauthorized Leave - A patient or
resident who leaves a state-operated hospital or group home, outing,
or pass without authorization.
- Also see Common Terms
for department-wide support service policies
- Version 1.0:
- 06/17/2005 - Initial Release
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