Oregon State Hospital will start releasing patients facing criminal charges

Oregon State Hospital will begin releasing a group of “aid and assist” patients on a monthly basis to make room for others waiting to get in.

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s only state-run psychiatric facility is so full that it’s been ordered to start releasing patients early — specifically those who are awaiting trial for criminal charges.

Starting Oct. 12, Oregon State Hospital will release 23 aid and assist patients, then continue to release a group of patients each month through December 2023. The decision has prompted concerns from mental health professionals across the state. 

When a person commits a crime but is deemed unfit to

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