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Unified Child and Youth Safety Implementation Plan Steering Team to meet Thursday, June 28, in Salem - 06/18/18

The Unified Child and Youth Safety Implementation Plan Steering Team meets Thursday, June 28 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.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: foster parent training and supports updates, coordinated response to allegations of child abuse updates, status reports on ten priority projects 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/2L8U6bY.

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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Community vigilance essential to preventing elder abuse - 06/14/18

(Klamath Fall, Ore.)  – The Oregon Department of Human Services’ Aging and People with Disabilities program, along with the Area Agency on Aging and other partners, will host a June 15 event in Klamath Falls for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day to provide Oregonians with information on how to prevent and report abuse.

Recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was launched by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. The goal is to increase understanding of the cultural, social, economic, and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.

“No amount of abuse is acceptable and as a community we need to work together to ensure that vulnerable Oregonians are safe,” said Ashley Carson Cottingham, director of the Aging and People with Disabilities program. “Abuse of older adults is a growing national issue and reversing this trend will require all of us to be vigilant.” 

In 2016, DHS investigated 21,851 reports of possible abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults in Oregon’s licensed care facilities and in the community.

“It is important that Oregonians understand that adult abuse is a family issue, a public health issue, a community issue and an Oregon issue. Older adults make up the foundation of our history, families and communities across Oregon,” said Marie Cervantes, senior program manager for the Aging and People with Disabilities program’s adult protective services unit, who will speak at the June 15 event. “Abuse can happen to anyone. So, an engaged community can become a safe community for all who live there,” Cervantes continued.

DHS, in 2014, introduced a statewide hotline, 1-855-503-SAFE (7233), to make it easier to report abuse of vulnerable adults as well as child abuse.  For more information on how to report abuse and neglect, visit this DHS webpage.

The Aging and People with Disabilities program is working to raise awareness of elder abuse statewide. The program’s leaders, including Ashley Carson Cottingham, will speak at the Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention Summit in Wilsonville on June 15. Separately, Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued a proclamation recognizing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

The free event in Klamath Falls will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 10 George Nurse Way, Klamath Falls. It will feature a series of speakers including Klamath Falls Mayor Carol Westfall along with information booths and a fundraising drawing in which participants will have an opportunity to win paintings donated by Pacific Northwest-based artist Katherine Caughey of KC Gallery in Seattle.

Tickets for the drawing may be purchased in advance in Klamath Falls at the Aging and People with Disabilities district office at 714 Main St. Other locations for tickets include: Klamath & Lake Counties Council Area Agency on Aging, 404 Main St. #6; the Klamath Senior Center at 2045 Arthur St.; Spokes Unlimited at 1006 Main St.; Pacifica Senior Living at 2130 N. Eldorado Ave.; and, Crystal Terrace at 1000 Town Center Dr. Participants in the drawing do not need to be present at the event to win.

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Medicaid long-term care quality council meets June 13 - 06/07/18

(Salem, Ore.) - The Medicaid Long Term Care Quality and Reimbursement Advisory Council meets from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13, at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 473, 500 Summer St. N.E., Salem. The meeting is open to the public. 
 
Agenda items include: announcements, public comment, HB 4162 – rule changes for nursing facilities reimbursement, February legislative session review and council business. 
 
For those who can’t attend in person, there is a toll-free phone number that can also be accessed through Skype for Business: (503) 934-1400, participant code: 7117906.  
 
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 this meeting, please contact: Max Brown, 503-945-6993 or rown@state.or.us">max.brown@state.or.us.

About the Medicaid Long Term Care Quality & Reimbursement Advisory Council
The Medicaid Long Term Care Quality and Reimbursement Advisory Council (MLTCQRAC) was established by the 1995 Legislative Assembly to advise the Department of Human Services Aging and People with Disabilities program on changes or modifications to the Medicaid reimbursement system for long-term care and community based care services. 
 

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Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services executive committee meets June 20 - 06/06/18

(Salem, Ore.) - The executive committee for the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Committee will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, in Room 252 of the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. N.E., Room 252, Salem, Oregon, 97301.

The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include will include public comment, old business, new business, the retreat, and upcoming full advisory committee’s agenda items.

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, (503) 934-1400, and using Conference ID # 7246761.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Kelsey Gleeson at 503-947-5104 or Request.ODHHSP@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For questions about this meeting, please contact: Chad A. Ludwig at 503-454-6100 or ODHHS.Info@state.or.us

About the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Committee

The committee assists the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Program (ODHHSP) by providing information and expertise on issues affecting individuals who are deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing and those with additional disability.

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Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Committee meets June 15 - 06/06/18

(Salem, Ore.) - The Advisory Committee for the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, June 15, in Room 166 of the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. N.E., Salem, Oregon, 97301.

The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include will include public comment, old business, new business, the finalize the priorities from the retreat, and convey an update from a meeting that co-chairs from Advisory Committee had with DHS Director.

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, (503) 934-1400, and using Conference ID # 6446344.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Kelsey Gleeson at 503-947-5104 or Request.ODHHSP@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For questions about this meeting, please contact: Chad A. Ludwig at 503-454-6100 or ODHHS.Info@state.or.us

About the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Committee

The committee assists the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Program (ODHHSP) by providing information and expertise on issues affecting individuals who are deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing and those with additional disability.

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Oregon Disabilities Commission Executive Committee meets June 19 - 06/04/18

Salem, Ore. - The Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) Executive Committee will meet from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, 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 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, 6994784.  

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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Governor's Commission on Senior Services meets June 14 - 06/04/18

Salem, Ore. - The Governor’s Commission on Senior Services will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. N.E., Rooms 137A-D, Salem, 97301.

The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes: regular commission business, a discussion on Oregon Project Independence, information and resources on the Oregon Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative, updates on the Aging and People with Disabilities program, and commission priorities for the fall.

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.

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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Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Executive Committee meets June 7 - 06/04/18

Salem, Ore. - The executive committee for the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Committee will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, in Room 457 of the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. N.E., Room 160, Salem, Oregon, 97301.

The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include will include public comment, old business, new business, the retreat, and upcoming full advisory committee’s agenda items.

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, (503) 934-1400, and using Conference ID # 5877866. 

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Kelsey Gleeson at 503-947-5104 or Request.ODHHSP@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For questions about this meeting, please contact: Chad A. Ludwig at 503-454-6100 or ODHHS.Info@state.or.us

About the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Committee

The committee assists the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Program (ODHHSP) by providing information and expertise on issues affecting individuals who are deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing and those with additional disability.

 

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