State Hospital puts up ‘no vacancy’ sign for civil commitments

Oregon State Hospital Salem Reporter/file

The Oregon State Hospital is suspending all civil admissions until Dec. 27 to prioritize patients ordered by courts to receive competency restoration treatment. 

The halt on civil commitments was announced in a letter Monday, Dec. 16, to the hospital’s statewide partners. It is effective immediately.

According to hospital spokeswoman Rebeka Gipson-King, the move is intended to help the hospital comply with a 2003 federal court ruling that requires criminal defendants ordered to receive treatment so they can meaningfully aid and assist . . .