Last updated on: 7/29/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“On October 27, 1997 Oregon enacted the Death with Dignity Act (the Act) which allows terminally-ill Oregonians to end their lives through the voluntary self-administration of lethal medications, expressly prescribed by a physician for that purpose. The Act requires the Oregon Department of Human Services to collect information about the patients and physicians who participate in the Act, and publish an annual statistical report. These data are important to parties on both sides of the issue. Our position is a neutral one, and we offer no opinions about these questions.”

“FAQS about the Death with Dignity Act,” www.oregon.gov/DHS, Sep. 22, 2007

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The Department of Human Services (DHS) is the state’s health and human services agency. Established in 1971 as the Department of Human Resources, it changed to its current name in 1999…

The Department of Human Services (DHS) provides a broad array of programs to thousands of Oregonians on a daily basis. Targeted benefits and services are provided to children and families, seniors, people with developmental and/or physical disabilities, people with mental illness, people with substance abuse problems, and low-income people. In addition, the department provides a wide range of public health services to all Oregonians.”

“An Overview of DHS,” www.oregon.gov/DHS, Jan. 12, 2007

Mission:

“The mission of the Oregon Department of Human Services is to make it possible for people to lead lives that are independent, healthy and safe.”

“DHS at a Glance,” www.oregon.gov/DHS (accessed July 29, 2009)

Other:
None found
Quoted in:
  1. Why Do Patients Request Physician-Assisted Suicide?