Juvenile Department - Parents' Guide

The following articles are from the "Parenting Solutions" series and were made available by the Linn County Commission on Children and Families.

Parents' Guide

"The Science of Control" (article) 
Children and parents both benefit when kids are given choices rather than orders.

"My Child, the Winner" (article)
Teaching children to solve their own problems helps them succeed in the world.

"Consequences" (article)
Use consequences instead of threats and anger.


Does your child have a medical or mental health condition that law enforcement and first responders should know about? 

Letting Emergency First Responders Know In Advance What You or Your Family Member Needs 
Benton County’s Emergency Services Medical Health Data System

Can you anticipate that you, or a family member, might experience an emergency situation involving a medical condition such as autism, dementia, or bipolar disorder? In an emergency, could that person be better served if responders knew ahead of time how best to handle the situation? For example, would it be best for emergency personnel to call a specific person or community resource, or provide a specific medication?

Benton County’s Emergency Services Medical Health Data System provides a confidential way to do this, by letting you provide information in advance, if you choose to. Then, when responding to a request for emergency services, emergency personnel can more effectively connect the individual in distress with appropriate supports. The program has already helped several members of our community, including “K”:

“My daughter has an invisible disability…[she] can be violent and loud. I believe it puts an officer at a distinct disadvantage to send her/him into a situation, where a little information could make a big difference… I chose to enter my daughter into the medical health database system to educate the police before they… encounter my child. It gives me some peace of mind that they [First Responders] would come prepared to be helpful to her unique set of needs.”

How does it work?

Enrollment begins with a brief appointment and signing a voluntary consent form. The voluntarily-provided information is stored where first responders can access it quickly, in the “emergency services medical health database” as defined by the 2009 Oregon legislature’s House Bill 3466. That information will only be accessed by authorized individuals, to provide necessary information to responding law enforcement officers and other responding emergency personnel, to assist in an emergency situation. Information entered into the database expires after three years.

Who is eligible?
To be eligible, an individual must have a qualifying condition (as defined in the bill), and written consent from one of the following: the individual or a person authorized to make medical decisions for the individual, or a parent of the individual (if the individual is under 14 years of age).

How can I enroll myself or my family member?
To enroll someone in the medical health database, please call the Benton County Health Department at (541) 766-6835 and ask to speak to someone in Medical Records to schedule a brief appointment. An enrollment form including signatures of two witnesses, and voluntary consent must be signed in order to register. Please have the enrollment form including signatures of witnesses filled out prior to your appointment. If you are registering for someone under the age of 14 or for an adult other than yourself you must provide proof of guardianship. Please bring this along with a picture ID and a statement of qualifying diagnosis from a treating Licensed Medical Professional. 

What if I still have questions?
• Oregon Medical Health Database Enrollment Instructions and Form (PDF)oregon_medical_database
• Complete text of House Bill 3466 HB3466
• Benton County Health Department: Benton County Health Department
(541) 766-6835