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Governor's Commission on Senior Services to meet Jan. 25 - 01/18/18

(Salem, Ore.) -- The Governor's Commission on Senior Services will meet from 1-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. NE, Room 165. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes: regular commission business, new business, status reports on subcommittees and agenda creation for the full commission meeting on February 8, 2018.

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 before the meeting.

For questions about the meeting, please contact: Rebecca Arce, policy analyst at Rebecca.E.Arce@state.or.us.

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Interim mid-Columbia Area Agency on Aging effective Feb. 1, 2018 - 01/11/18

(Salem, Ore.) -- As of Feb.1, 2018, the state Aging and People with Disabilities office in The Dalles will temporarily deliver aging program services currently provided by the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments. "This action is needed to ensure adequate staffing to support the needs of older adults living in the mid-Columbia region," says Jane-ellen Weidanz, APD administrator for long-term services and support.

With this change, individuals receiving services through the MCCOG's Area Agency on Aging will be served out of the APD office in The Dalles:
* 3641 Klindt Drive, The Dalles, OR 97058
* 541-298-411, 800-452-2333, TTY: 541-298-3270

This interim change in service delivery stems from an Aug. 30, 2017, announcement that the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments would stop serving as the Area Agency on Aging for Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties.

Federal law and state rules dictate how APD designates a new Area Agency on Aging. This past fall, APD held community meetings in the five counties. APD is currently in conversations with a variety of governmental organizations and other entities that could potentially qualify as the new Area Agency on Aging. "The goal is to have a strong replacement program ready to meet the needs of the community," says Weidanz. Those discussions are expected to take about six months.

Individuals wishing to learn about services are encouraged to visit the Aging and Disability Resource Center website at adrcoforegon.org or call 1-855-673-2372.
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2018 Department of Human Services Child Welfare Action Plan Community Forum - 01/10/18

Make plans to attend a DHS Child Welfare Action Plan Community Forum in January or February.

You are invited to provide input to the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) on Oregon's child safety system. DHS would like to hear directly from the people and communities it serves around child safety.

The community forum will include:
* Pre-forum session for current or former foster youth
* Pre-forum session for current or former foster parents
* Caregiver networking
* Updates from DHS leadership
* In-depth round table discussions to provide solutions to child safety barriers
* Opportunity to network and ask questions of DHS leadership and staff

Your participation is extremely valuable to us as we move forward, so make plans to attend a meeting in your local area!

Tuesday, January 16
OREGON CITY:
Oregon Department of Human Services, 315 S Beavercreek Rd, Oregon City, OR
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm - Current and former foster youth session / Current and former foster parent networking
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm - Community Forum
Please let us know if you plan to attend: child.safety@state.or.us -- Use subject line OREGON CITY

Thursday, January 18
BEAVERTON:
Oregon Department of Human Services, 15425 NW Greenbrier Pkwy, Beaverton, OR
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm - Current and former foster youth session / Current and former foster parent networking
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm - Community Forum
Please let us know if you plan to attend: child.safety@state.or.us - Use subject line BEAVERTON

Wednesday, January 24
ROSEBURG:
Oregon Department of Human Services, 738 W Harvard Ave SE 120, Roseburg, OR
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm - Current and former foster youth session / Current and former foster parent networking
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm - Community Forum
Please let us know if you plan to attend: child.safety@state.or.us - Use subject line ROSEBURG

Thursday, January 25
KLAMATH FALLS:
Oregon Department of Human Services, 700 Klamath Ave, Suite 500, Klamath Falls, OR
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm - Current and former foster youth session / Current and former foster parent networking
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm - Community Forum
Please let us know if you plan to attend: child.safety@state.or.us - Use subject line KLAMATH FALLS

Thursday, February 1
LA GRANDE:
Integrated Services Building, 1607 Gekeler Lane, La Grande, OR
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Current and former foster youth session / Current and former foster parent networking
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm - Community Forum
Please let us know if you plan to attend: child.safety@state.or.us - Use subject line LA GRANDE

For more information, contact:
Pamela Heisler, Public Engagement Project Manager, 503-910-7422 | PAMELA.L.HEISLER@state.or.us.

DHS director, leaders to hear from stakeholders - 01/08/18

Join DHS Director Fariborz Pakseresht and all five program area directors for all-DHS Quarterly Stakeholders Meeting. Presentations followed by audience Q&A.

Jan. 9, 2018. 1:30-3:00 p.m. Rm. 137, Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. Participate by phone at 877-336-1829 participant code 8307334.

Department of Human Services offices in Pendleton will reopen Monday, January 8 - 01/05/18

(Pendleton, Ore.) -- Oregon Department of Human Resources offices at 800 SE Emigrant, Pendleton, will reopen Monday, January 8, 8 a.m.
A burst water pipe had caused the temporary closure and relocation of offices. Repairs have been completed to the building and offices.
If you need to contact your local office:
DHS Child Welfare: 541-481-9482; 1-800-547-3897
DHS Self-Sufficiency program: 541-276-9050, Ext 0; 1-866-259-9586.
This reopening does not affect other DHS Pendleton locations.

The Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) will meet Thursday, January 11, 2018 in Salem - 12/29/17

(Salem, Ore.) -- The Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) will meet on Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 1 to 3 p.m. 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 meeting agenda and prior meeting minutes, public comment, announcements, ODC business topics, other topics and next meeting agenda ideas.

People can also call into the meeting:
Conference line: 888-808-6929 Access code: 4517555.

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 serving individuals with disabilities.

Burst water pipe requires closure of some state offices in Pendleton, reopening Wednesday at temporary locations - 12/26/17

(Salem, Ore.) -- A burst water pipe caused flooding in the offices of the Oregon Department of Human Services at 800 SE Emigrant, Pendleton.

The facility is being repaired and service locations have temporarily been relocated.

To contact the local office and get information about the new temporary locations call:

DHS Child Welfare: 541-481-9482, 1-800-547-3897.

DHS Self-Sufficiency: 541-276-9050, ext. 0. 1-866-259-9586

Reporting child abuse is unchanged. Call 541-481-9482 or 1-800-547-3897 during business hours. After hours, either call 911 or the city/county dispatch: 541-966-3650, option 7.

Other DHS Pendleton locations are unaffected.