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Oregon Disabilities Commission Executive Committee meets Oct. 16 - 09/21/18

(Salem, Ore.) — The executive committee of the Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) will meet from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. N.E., Room 160, 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, 563077.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Lori Watt at Lori.C.Watt@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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Governor's Commission on Senior Services meets Sept. 27 in Salem - 09/21/18

(Salem, Ore.) — The Governor’s Commission on Senior Services (GCSS) will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, at the Department of Human Services, 500 Summer St. N.E., Room 165, Salem, Oregon, 97305.

The meeting is open to the public. Agenda items include regular GCSS business, updates on the commissioner roster and legislative committee as well as setting the agenda for the full commission meeting on Oct. 11, 2018.

Those who can’t attend in person may call into the meeting using this conference line and access code: 503-934-1400, 58045895.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Lori Watt at Lori.C.Watt@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting. For questions about the meeting, please contact: Deb McCuin, program analyst at Debbie.Mccuin@state.or.us.

About the Governor’s Commission on Senior Services

The Governor’s Commission on Senior Services is dedicated to enhancing and protecting the quality of life for all older Oregonians. Through cooperation with other organizations, and advocacy, the commission works to ensure that seniors have access to services that provide, choice, independence, and dignity.

 

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Unified Child and Youth Safety Implementation Plan Steering Team to meet Tuesday, October 2, in Salem - 09/21/18

SALEM, Ore. – The Unified Child and Youth Safety Implementation Plan Steering Team meets Tuesday, October 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 137 B-D, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: overview of priority projects, Oregon Child Abuse Hotline presentation and future agenda items.

Individuals unable to attend in person may call into the meeting and follow the presentation along online. Conference line: 1-877-848-7030; Participant Code: 285-3245. To follow presentation online, please use this link: https://bit.ly/2pegMhO.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Kelsi Eisele at 971-283-1628 or kelsi.p.eisele@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting. A good faith effort will be made to fulfill requests.

For questions about this meeting, please contact: Kelsi Eisele, Communication Project Manager, at kelsi.p.eisele@state.or.us.

DHS developed the Unified Child and Youth Safety Implementation Plan, which defines a two-year scope of work for transforming the child safety system and governance structure. The project team is driving forward ten priority projects geared towards increasing child safety in Oregon. This steering team provides oversight, adherence to goals and will monitor and control projects within the Unified Child and Youth Safety Implementation Plan.

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Federal Changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program go into effect October 1, 2018 - 09/20/18

SALEM, Ore. – The United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service approved an adjustment to the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) and the Standard Utility Allowance (SUA) in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps. The COLA sets the income guidelines and benefit allotment amounts, and the SUA determines the amount of heating and cooling costs an eligible person may claim. These adjustments will be effective on October 1, 2018.


Oregon SNAP participants do not need to take any action. The state will automatically recalculate cases and adjust when required. Families may experience the following: no change, a $9 increase or a $4 decrease. Changes are based on a family’s individual case and will be reflected in the October 2018 disbursement.


Currently, slightly less than one in seven Oregonians* – or 626,038 Oregonians – receive food benefits through SNAP. The amount of benefits a SNAP participant receives is based on many factors, including income and deductions for necessities like shelter and utilities.


The change in the 2018 standards will not increase the number of people receiving SNAP, and it does not change program eligibility requirements. To be eligible for SNAP, most families must have income less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level and meet other eligibility factors. For a family of four, this means having gross income less than $3,870 per month. Some individuals or families, which include a disabled person or a person at least 60 years of age, can be eligible for SNAP benefits with income higher than this amount.


SNAP participants with questions about the changes can contact their local Oregon Department of Human Services office for assistance: oregon.gov/DHS/Offices/Pages/index.aspx

 

*Based on latest US Census 2017 estimates & SNAP Participation numbers from July 2018

Oregon Disabilities Commission, Governor's Commission on Senior Services to meet September 13 - 08/31/18

(Salem, Ore.) — The Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) and the Governor’s Commission on Senior Services (GCSS) will meet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, at the Department of Human Services’ SSP Office, 4074 Winema Place N.E., Room 227/228, Salem, Oregon, 97305.

The meeting is open to the public. Agenda items include regular ODC and GCSS business, review and approval of the meeting agenda and prior meeting minutes, public comment, announcements, training, and joint commission topics. Those who can’t attend in person may call into the meeting using this conference line and access code: 503-934-1400,111405.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Lori Watt at Lori.C.Watt@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. or Deb McCuin, program analyst at Debbie.Mccuin@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.

About the Governor’s Commission on Senior Services

The Governor’s Commission on Senior Services is dedicated to enhancing and protecting the quality of life for all older Oregonians. Through cooperation with other organizations, and advocacy, the commission works to ensure that seniors have access to services that provide, choice, independence, and dignity.

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