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Oregon State Hospital, Salem

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  • In Oregon state mental health facilities, even the most well behaved patients who have never harmed or even threatened another human are put in the same halls and units as dangerous and abusive patien...  more »
  • This is a small but enlightening museum. The history of mental health in itself is interesting, but this was a museum of this specific locale as well. There were biographies of former patients, storie...  more »
  • You may or may not enjoy the history of the medical practices that are shown and talked about at the museum but it is enlightening!  more »
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  • This place is a purgatorial nightmare. The psychiatrists here need to be kept in line with a personal attorney; they are uncaring, abuse your rights, and overperscribe medications. Social work quality varies, I had a passionate and kind social worker but she also thought she was a doctor and psychopathologized her clients and her clients moods. Unfortunately behavior as a patient has to imitate perfect compliance and docility in order for you to be considered ready to face discharge. That or you have to be a non-entity with no will or desires to eventually be discharged. This place is not about healing people. My experience was further traumatization by the overperscription and pushing of drugs as a fixer for when a patient was having problems with their location-- in a psychiatric hospital, or for when a patient was vocally claiming not to have their needs met. Patients are generally ignored, and if you're too vocal staff will make up things about you and try to "push" to have you on more medication-- the fixer of all problems and general unhappiness. Fortunately on my unit there were a few advocates and good people working, the nurse manager being one. I can't say being here at this hospital helped me with my psychiatric problems, they are still more serious than ever only now I'm also a drug dependent person, who is forging pathways deeper into addictive hobbies, life cycles and emptiness. You will not be "placed" at this hospital in another facility unless you are taking your medication, which is a violation of rights and probably illegal as well. My social worker would not place me at another facility if I refused to take the level of heart-damaging (physical) and soul crushing medications (anti-psychotics, very dangerous) I was prescribed. The only reason this place has good ratings is because the people that work here rate it. Also I'm sure if you can financially afford to not be sadistically abused the care is better.
  • Few ailments are so misunderstood as mental illness. This unique museum takes a frank and sometimes frightening look at how we have treated those we considered insane. Much progress has been made but there is still room to improve. The museum offers not only artifacts from the hospital's history but also the rarely heard stories of the people who lived and worked there,
  • Not worth your $5 . You don't get to actually tour the hospital, you just walk around in 3 rooms that have information for you to read on the walls. You can just either Google or YouTube the information without spending your money and time.
  • My experience was ok , even though I've Ben sober for 15 years , I still can't stand the sight of the place even though I went through hell ,and do as they say , and take one medication that I didn't need ,and I knew it , I was teased , called names pushed around by others , used , the tounts from staff that was "soposed to be careing", saying really harsh remarks towards me , so I decided to fight back , and do as they say , to get away from those "so called supported staff , "BULLIES" and there little followers ,and once I started to fight back ,do as they say ,take meds play the game play the players and now it's 2017 , I'm happy to tell everyone that was there in 2004 to 2007 , HaHa I wan at your own mind game , well have a nice day 😁
  • I was a maintenance employee at the Oregon State Hospital from 2001 to 2007. This was probably the best place I have worked in my career. My coworkers were my best friends. The supervisors were very supportive. I was impressed with the compassion and professionalism with which the clients were treated. If you have a chance to work for the hospital, take it. You will not regret it.