Oregon State Hospital
The Oregonian The Associated Press Champagne flowed and tears welled in the eyes of some of the reporters and editors who gathered around The Oregonian's newsroom Monday to hear that the paper had won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. Associate editors Doug Bates and Rick Attig won the Pulitzer a series of editorials about crowded and understaffed conditions at the Oregon State Hos celebrates Pulitzer pital in Salem, the state's main facility for treatment of the mentally ill. "Both of us learned that society still discriminates against the mentally ill, sometimes in a barbaric way," Bates told staff members. Robert J. Caldwell, the editorial page editor, said the goal of the 15-part series, "Oregon's Forgotten Hospital," was to draw attention to the shameful win for editorials state of the hospital and to make things happen to help Oregon's neglected mentally ill. The editorials helped prompt action by state officials to remove adolescents from the hospital. It also helped lead to passage of a mental health insurance parity measure that prohibited group health Insurers from putting limits on treatment or imposing financial requirements for coverage.