Oregon Statutes - Chapter 182 - State Administrative Agencies - Section 182.515 - Definitions for ORS 182.515 and 182.525.

As used in this section and ORS 182.525:

(1) “Agency” means:

(a) The Department of Corrections;

(b) The Oregon Youth Authority;

(c) The State Commission on Children and Families; and

(d) That part of the Department of Human Services that deals with mental health and addiction issues.

(2) “Cost effective” means that cost savings realized over a reasonable period of time are greater than costs.

(3) “Evidence-based program” means a program that:

(a) Incorporates significant and relevant practices based on scientifically based research; and

(b) Is cost effective.

(4)(a) “Program” means a treatment or intervention program or service that is intended to:

(A) Reduce the propensity of a person to commit crimes;

(B) Improve the mental health of a person with the result of reducing the likelihood that the person will commit a crime or need emergency mental health services; or

(C) Reduce the propensity of a person who is less than 18 years of age to engage in antisocial behavior with the result of reducing the likelihood that the person will become a juvenile offender.

(b) “Program” does not include:

(A) An educational program or service that an agency is required to provide to meet educational requirements imposed by state law; or

(B) A program that provides basic medical services.

(5) “Scientifically based research” means research that obtains reliable and valid knowledge by:

(a) Employing systematic, empirical methods that draw on observation or experiment;

(b) Involving rigorous data analyses that are adequate to test the stated hypotheses and justify the general conclusions drawn; and

(c) Relying on measurements or observational methods that provide reliable and valid data across evaluators and observers, across multiple measurements and observations and across studies by the same or different investigators. [2003 c.669 §3; 2005 c.503 §12]

Note: 182.515 and 182.525 were enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but were not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 182 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

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