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Child Welfare Advisory Committee meets Wednesday, July 18 in Salem - 07/13/18

July 13, 2018

Contact: Christine Stone, 503-602-8027; istine.l.stone@state.or.us">christine.l.stone@state.or.us.

Child Welfare Advisory Committee meets Wednesday, July 18 in Salem

The Child Welfare Advisory Committee meets Wednesday, July 18, 9 a.m. to noon at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 166, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda will be added when available.

About the Child Welfare Advisory Committee: The legislative-mandated 21-member Child Welfare Advisory Committee counsels the agency on the development and administration of the policies, programs and practices.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities.

For questions about this meeting, please contact: Cheloya.D.Chase@state.or.us; 503-945-6731.

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Public invited to ADA Anniversary Celebration on July 26 in Salem - 07/13/18

(Salem, Ore.) — This year marks the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and it is being celebrated with a day-long event in Salem on Thursday, July 26.

Presented by the Oregon Disabilities Commission, the event will feature presentations, panel discussions and other learning opportunities from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, at the Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. N.E., Salem.

Event speeches will be from noon to 1 p.m. Featured speakers include Ted Wenk from Disability Rights Oregon and the Oregon Disabilities Commission; Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) Director Fariborz Pakseresht; Rosa Klein, Human Services Policy Advisor for Gov. Kate Brown; and many other advocates and representatives.

Leadership from DHS and the Oregon Disabilities Commission will give opening remarks at 9 a.m.

At 10:30 a.m., there is a showing of the 2011 film “Lives Worth Living.” This 60-minute documentary chronicles the disability rights movement and covers the successful efforts by people with disabilities to make changes to legislation to improve access and eventually achieve passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990.

There will be panels and sessions throughout the day, including:

  • Employment of People with Disabilities panel with representatives from Employment First, Vocational Rehabilitation, Disability Rights Oregon, Employed People with Disabilities program, and Work Incentives Planning and Assistance.
  • Oregon ABLE Savings with Oregon 529 Savings Network.
  • Day-to-Day Challenges Individuals Face Living with Disabilities, which features a number of speakers from organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association, Salem’s Parkinson’s Support Group, Oregon Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Council, and much more.
  • My Employment Journey session with members of the Oregon Self-Advocacy Coalition.
  • Veteran’s Employee Resource Group & Oregon Disabled Veterans Association.
  • ADA History and Advocacy.

Cake and refreshments will also be served.

More information about the Oregon Disabilities Commission is online at: https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/ADVISORY/ODC/Pages/index.aspx

If you have questions about the celebration and program, contact: egonDisabilities.Commission@state.or.us">OregonDisabilities.Commission@state.or.us.

Oregon Department of Human Services to host Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting on July 16 in Salem - 07/09/18

(Salem, Ore.) – Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) Director Fariborz Pakseresht and the Department’s Executive Team will present a brief program followed by a question-and-answer period.

Join in person, by phone or follow along on Facebook or Twitter.

Participants will hear an agency-wide update from Director Pakseresht and brief presentations from the directors of each program division with DHS, including Aging and People with Disabilities, Child Welfare, the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services, Self-Sufficiency Programs and Vocational Rehabilitation.

When:  Monday, July 16, 2018, 1:30-3 p.m.

In-person:  Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 137, 500 Summer Street NE, Salem

By phone:  Take part by conference call (866) 233-3841; Participant Code: 451371

Live stream:  Watch the live stream on social media and participate in the conversation by using #ORDHSforum:

  • Twitter: @OregonDHSAPD
  • Facebook: @OregonDHS.SSP

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Public notice and request for comment on 1915 (c) #40193, #40194, and #0565 waiver amendments - 07/06/18

The Oregon Department of Human Services’ Office of Developmental Disabilities Services is seeking public comment regarding the 1915 (c) #40193 Medically Fragile Waiver, #40194 Behavioral Waiver, and #0565 Medically Involved Waiver amendments.

The waiver amendments are requesting to:

#40193 Medically Fragile Waiver:

• Add the Medicaid eligibility group §435.145;

• Add state-trained assessors as the person completing the functional needs assessment and level-of-care determination;

• Increase unduplicated number of participants to 120;

• Appendix C – Case Management – add language about the case manager collaborating with the state-trained assessor;

• Appendix C – Family Training – remove the following language, “Counseling must be aimed at assisting the unpaid family members providing supports, training, companionship and/or supervision in meeting the needs of the participant and assist the family with the stresses associated with caring for an individual with disabilities” as this is old language;

• Appendix G – add restraint language to align with other ODDS 1915(c) waivers;

• Revise QIS and performance measures to reflect ODDS QA Unit performing reviews and keeping performance measures consistent with other waivers;

• Technical changes to clean up language throughout the application.

#40194 Behavioral Waiver:

• Add the Medicaid eligibility group §435.145;

• Appendix B – Align level of care requirements with federal standard by consolidating 12 areas of functional deficit to six;

• Add state-trained assessors as the person completing the functional needs assessment and level-of-care determination;

• Increase unduplicated number of participants from 160 to 200 for waiver year 5;

• Appendix C – Case Management – add language regarding the case manager collaborating with the state-trained assessor;

• Appendix C – Family Training – remove the following language, “Counseling must be aimed at assisting the unpaid family members providing supports, training, companionship and/or supervision in meeting the needs of the participant and assist the family with the stresses associated with caring for an individual with disabilities”;

• Appendix G – add restraint language to align with other ODDS 1915(c) waivers;

• Revise QIS and performance measures to reflect ODDS QA Unit performing reviews and keeping performance measures consistent with other waivers;

• Technical changes to clean up language throughout the application to be consistent with other waivers.

 

#0565 Medically Involved Waiver:

• Add the Medicaid eligibility group §435.145;

• Add state-trained assessors as the person completing the functional needs assessment and level-of-care determination;

• Increase unduplicated number of participants to 225 for waiver years 3, 4 and 5;

• Appendix B – Remove priority #3, Children residing in the community who are at imminent risk of NF placement, from the Selection of Entrants to the Waiver; remove reserved waiver capacity as the criteria is the same as appendix B-3-f Selection of Entrants to the Waiver;

• Appendix C – Case Management – add language regarding the case manager collaborating with the state-trained assessor;

• Appendix C – Family Training - technical change to make definition consistent with other waivers;

• Appendix G – add restraint language to align with other ODDS 1915(c) waivers;

• Revise QIS and performance measures to reflect ODDS QA Unit performing reviews and keeping performance measures consistent with other waivers;

• Technical changes to clean up language throughout the application to be consistent with other waivers.

 

The proposed 1915 (c) waiver amendments are online at https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/DD/Pages/Compass-Project-Waivers-Rules-Policy.aspx

Print versions of the waiver amendments are posted in local Community Developmental Disabilities Programs (http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/DD/Pages/county-programs.aspx) and Support Services Brokerages (https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/DD/Pages/Support-Services-Brokerages.aspx). Print versions may also be obtained from Joli Schroader, Medicaid Waiver/State Plan Analyst, 503-507-2083, .schroader@state.or.us">joli.r.schroader@.state.or.us.

Interested parties are asked to submit comments via one of two methods: Send an email to odds.info@state.or.us or send written comments addressed to ODDS Medicaid Waiver/State Plan Analyst, 500 Summer Street NE E-09, Salem, OR 97301.

Deadline for comments is August 6, 2018. Mail responses must be received by this date in order to be considered.

Quality Measurement Council meets July 16 - 07/06/18

(Wilsonville, Ore.) – The newly formed Quality Measurement Council will hold its first meeting from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, July 16, in Training Room 3 at the Oregon Child Development Coalition, 9140 S.W. Pioneer Court, Wilsonville, Oregon, 97070.

The Quality Measurement Council was formed with the passage of House Bill 3359 in 2017. The council meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include will include a discussion about the structure of council. 

Sign language interpreters and live captioning will be provided. Those who are unable to attend in person, may join by calling toll-free phone number, 1-888-3634735, and using Conference ID #3439085.  

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Rebecca Mapes at 1541-735-0058 or ebecc.Mapes@state.or.us">Rebecca.Mapes@state.or.us  Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting. 

For questions about this meeting, please contact: Rebecca Mapes at 1-541-7350058 or ebecca.Mapes@state.or.us">Rebecca.Mapes@state.or.us 

About the Quality Measurement Council

The council was established to create and maintain a system through which community-based, long-term care facilities report reliable and meaningful data that will make possible a system for measuring a facility’s performance compared with other long-term care providers in the state.


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Oregon Disabilities Commission to meet July 12 - 07/06/18

(Salem, Ore.) – The Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) will meet 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, 2018, at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St NE, Room 473, Salem, Oregon, 97301.

The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes regular ODC business, review and approval of the meeting agenda and prior meeting minutes, public comment, announcements, ODC business topics, other topics and next meeting agenda ideas.

Those who can’t attend in person may call into the meeting using this conference line and access code: 503-934-1400,  8649562.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Alex Pelusi at Alex.J.Pelusi@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

For questions about the meeting, please contact: Jeff Puterbaugh, policy analyst at Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us.

About the Oregon Disabilities Commission

The Oregon Disabilities Commission is charged by state statute to advise the Department of Human Services, the Governor, the Legislative Assembly and appropriate state agency administrators on issues related to achieving the full economic, social, legal and political equity of individuals with disabilities. ODC also acts as a coordinating link between and among public and private organizations services individuals with disabilities.

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Law to protect older adults requires long-term care referral agents to join registry - 07/02/18

(Salem, Ore.) – House Bill 2661, which goes into effect this week, increases protections for consumers who use agents to find a long-term care facility.

Long-term care referral agents, who receive at least $1,000 in compensation from long-term care facilities, must now register with the State of Oregon to continue doing business here. Agents will need to demonstrate to the Department of Human Services (DHS) that they meet the bill’s operating and disclosure requirements to do business in Oregon. These requirements include ensuring that independent agents and any employees of referral companies who have direct contact with a client, have submitted to a background check.

“It’s important that seniors and their loved ones are able to make informed decisions at what can be a stressful time of their lives,” said Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer, D-Portland, who sponsored the Long Term Care Referral Agency bill. “This regulation ensures transparency of an agent’s relationship with the long-term care facility and other protections for vulnerable seniors. Having a registry will also enable DHS to connect agents with the latest research and training in Alzheimer’s and dementia care.”

Oregon is among the first states in the nation to provide a registry and regulations for long-term care referral agents. The registry will provide Oregonians, who prefer to work with an agent, a means to search online for one of the many reputable companies that operate in Oregon.

“Finding a long-term care facility that best meets a consumer’s preferences and needs is essential for their happiness and well-being. HB2661 contains common-sense safeguards and transparency for people who are often shopping for long-term care in a state of crisis,” said Mike McCormick, Deputy Director of Aging and People with Disabilities program within DHS.

The new law does the following:

  • Requires long-term care agents who receive at least $1,000 in compensation a year to register with DHS;
  • Prohibits long-term care agents from referring to entities with whom they have an ownership interest;
  • Requires obtaining $1 million in general liability insurance;
  • Restricts an agent from selling a client’s placement information to a facility or marketing affiliate without obtaining consent from the client for each instance of sharing or selling this information;
  • Designates registered referral agents as mandatory reporters of abuse. For more on mandatory reporting of abuse visit this website.
  • Prohibits an agent from communicating with clients who state in writing that they do not want to be contacted.

It also requires agents to provide clients with:

  • A description of the long-term care referral to be provided, including the length of any contract;
  • Their contact information, including address and phone number;
  • Their privacy policy;
  • A statement of whether they provide referrals only to facilities with which the agent has an existing contract;
  • A statement about whether the fees for the long-term care referral will be paid to the agent by the facility.
     
    For more information about the law and how to register as an agent, please visit: ltcr.oregon.gov.