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DHS Seeking Requests for Application for Private and Non-Profit Entities to approve dementia training required under HB3359 - 11/13/17

(Salem, Ore.) -- The Department of Human Services has issued a request for application for private and non-profit entities to approve dementia training required under House Bill 3359.

HB3359 passed during the 2017 Legislative Session. This omnibus bill contains a number of improvements designed to increase the quality and safety of care provided to Oregonians in long-term care settings, such as adult foster homes and assisted living facilities.

HB3359 requires all direct care staff to undergo pre-service training prior to working in a long-term care setting. Additionally, six hours of continuing education in dementia care must be completed by direct care staff each year. HB3359 requires all training curricula to be approved by qualified private and non-profit entities.

The Department of Human Services is seeking applications from private and non-profit entities with sufficient experience and expertise to approve the required training curricula under HB3359. The RFA is located at: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/PROVIDERS-PARTNERS/LICENSING/Documents/RFA-Entities-Approve-Dementia-Training-Required-Under-HB3359.pdf

Questions regarding the RFA may be directed to Ann McQueen, Administrator of the DHS Safety, Oversight and Quality Unit at 503-930-7293 or via email at ann.e.mcqueen@dhsoha.state.or.us.

DHS issues RFP for Employment First training and technical assistance - 11/02/17

The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a two-year contract to develop and provide training for the Employment First Initiative.
The targeted audience of the training and technical assistance is community employment and residential providers, families, and case management entities.

The DHS Employment First initiative is committed to improving community job outcomes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Part of the initiative's strategy is to provide robust and accessible training to employment providers and case management entities (Brokerages and Community Developmental Disabilities Programs) that serve people with I/DD.

The contract resulting from the RFP funds a training and technical assistance entity to develop sustainable training materials that will educate community providers and case management entities on the Employment First Initiative. More information on Employment First is at: http://iworkwesucceed.org

The training curriculum and modules should include entry and advanced levels, with discreet modules focused on Job Coaching and Discovery. The contractor will design and create a competency-based training curriculum for employment professionals and build upon the current training modules for case management entities.

The contract period is January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019, with the possibility of an extension.

Training and technical assistance agencies who may want to apply for this Request for Proposal can apply at: http://orpin.oregon.gov or questions about this RFP may be directed to: Lesley Erickson, Lesley.g.erickson@dhsoha.state.or.us; 503-945-6698.

Unified Child and Youth Safety Implementation Plan Steering Team to meet Wednesday, November 15 in Salem - 10/31/17

The Unified Child and Youth Safety Implementation Plan Steering Team meets Wednesday, November 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 137 A-D, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: project updates on professional development for supervisors and managers, project updates on Oregon's Centralized Child Abuse Hotline, status reports on 10 priority projects and future agenda items.

Individuals unable to attend in person may call into the meeting or attend via Skype. Conference line: 1-877-848-7030; Participant Code: 285-3245.
If you want to follow the presentation online, please join via Skype Meeting at: http://bit.ly/2A0TJvn.

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: Nathan Rix, Executive Projects Director, at nathan.k.rix@state.or.us or 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 now 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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The Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) will meet Thursday, November 9, in Salem - 10/24/17

(Salem, Ore.) -- The Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) will meet on Thursday November 9, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St NE, Room 160, Salem, Oregon, 97301. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes regular committee 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 or attend via webinar: 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 services individuals with disabilities.