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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Deschutes County Records Inventory

Insane Commitment Records

1916-[ongoing]

Series documents the examination, commitment, and release of mentally ill persons to and from the state's mental institutions. Series contains statements of complaint and commitment recorded by the county clerk or recorder and includes petitions to have an individual committed; physicians certification that an individual is insane; delivery warrants authorizing a county official (usually the sheriff) to take the individual to the state hospital; patient discharges; paroles or transfers; indexes; and correspondence. Information includes patient and family names, date committed, reason, physical description, and a brief family history. This series may also be known as the Insane Record, Mental Illness Record, and Mentally Ill and Feeble Minded Record. By 1968, in most counties, the commitment of the mentally ill or deficient had become the responsibility of the circuit court. Access to these records may be restricted for 75 years by Oregon Revised Statute 192.496.

Mental commitment case files have been indexed on the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) since 1986.

Records at the Deschutes County Justice Building Basement, Court Archives:
County Court Journal [includes insane commitment, dependent mother, civil, criminal, adoption, juvenile, and other cases-with index], vol. 1-7, 1916-1969 (7 volumes);
County Court Register [includes insane commitment, dependent mother, civil, criminal, adoption, juvenile, and other cases-no. 1 to 590-water damaged-with index], vol. 1, 1916-1931 (1 volume);
County Court Register [includes insane commitment, dependent mother, civil, criminal, adoption, juvenile, and other cases-no. 591 to 1380-with index], vol. 1, 1931-1951 (1 volume);
County Court Register [includes insane commitment, juvenile, and name change cases-no. 1381 to 2164], vol. 2, 1951-1964 (1 volume);
District Court Register [includes mental commitment and name change cases-with index], vol. 1, 1964-1984 (1 volume).

Records at the Deschutes County Justice Building Basement, Court Archives Room 19:
Juvenile [County Court Case Files-includes insane commitment, dependent mother, civil, criminal, juvenile, and other cases], no. 1 to 2237, 1916-1965 (17 cu.ft.);|
Mental Health [Mental Commitment Case Files-includes some name changes], no. 64.1-84.485, 1964-1984 (5 cu.ft.);
Mental Health [Mental Commitment Case Files], no. 85MN0001-99MN0007, 1985-1999 (6 cu.ft.); no. 00MN0001-11.MH0013, 2000-2011 (7 cu.ft.);
Mentals [Commitment Register-with index], 1985-1986 (1 volume).

Records at the Deschutes County Justice Building, Court Accounting Office:
MH [Mental Health Commitment Case Files], no. 12MH0001-14MH0012, 2012-present (2 cu.ft.).

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