At the time of this writing 11/30/2011, Supervisor Roberts, we are still waiting for these promised changes.
Some patients say that the only thing that has really changed is the buildings are newer, however the design and the rules and regulations for the new building are much more repressive and there are far more restrictions which are not supportive of recovery...
October 30, 2010
This is a web article from the Portland Examiner
by Jenny Westberg
Roberts and Diamond want to bring recovery-based care to OSH
A striking transformation could be in store at the Oregon State Hospital, according to the facility’s new leadership team, Supervisor Greg Roberts, MSW, and Chief Medical Officer Mark Diamond, DO, who spoke about the future Thursday evening at Oregon Health & Science University.
Roberts and Diamond weren’t talking about cosmetic fixes, although those are badly needed as well. They spoke of a rethinking of institutional culture that would change OSH from the inside out.
“Construction of a new building certainly helps, but it will not, by itself, get us where we need to go,” said Roberts.
Diamond led off the presentations with facts, figures and PowerPoint slides. But it was Roberts who blew the doors off the auditorium with talk of a patient-based, recovery-oriented institution.
“Research clearly shows that recovery is not only possible, but more than likely for most individuals,” said Roberts.
“OSH needs recovery-oriented systems of care,” he said, announcing his intention to take it “from research to routine practice, from rhetoric to reality.”
Roberts said he is planning a culture change, and it will start with staff training.
“Employees,” he said, “often receive no training after their new employee orientation. Without this training, they will continue with custodial, control-oriented methods.” And that’s not all: They must demonstrate real-world competency.
Roberts said that staff must:
- Be confident in their ability to help people recover, and in each person’s own ability to recover.
- Treat each other and patients with dignity and respect.
- Inspire hope.
- Become non-reliant on threats, force and coercion.
- Listen to patients, instead of directing them. Let patients take the lead.