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Public Notice: Provider rate increases for 2019-2021 - 07/19/19

(Salem, Ore.) — Public notice is provided by the Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Disabilities Services, on a rate change.

The Oregon Legislature provided the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS) with $30 million General Fund (approximately $92 million total funds) for provider rate increases. The funding is to bring direct support professionals’ wages as close as possible to $15 per hour by the end of the 2019-21 biennium and implement new rate models over the course of the biennium.

Per legislative direction in Senate Bill 5026 and the related Budget Note ODDS will implement the following actions related to provider rates:

  • Effective August 1, 2019, ODDS will implement a 4 percent increase in provider rates. This increase will total approximately $6.4 million General Fund (about $19.5 million total fund). This rate increase will go to: Adult 24-Hour Residential Services; Agency Attendant Care; Day Support Activities, Community and Facility; Employment Path, Community and Facility; Small Group Employment and Supported Living.
  • Effective September 1, 2019, approximately $4.6 million General Fund (approximately $15.5 million total fund) will go to implement new rate models for Children’s Residential Services (group homes).

Details about the change are available at http://www.dhs.state.or.us/spd/tools/dd/cm/ODDS-Expenditure-Guidelines.pdf

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Public Meeting Notice - Governor's Commission on Senior Services meets July 25 in Salem - 07/19/19

(Salem, Ore.) — The Governor’s Commission on Senior Services (GCSS) Executive Committee will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, 2019, at the Department of Human Services’ Office, 500 Summer St. NE, Room 164, Salem, Oregon, 97301.

The meeting is open to the public. Agenda items include regular GCSS business, updates from legislative committee and recruitment efforts, review of applicants, meeting planning and setting the agenda for the full commission meeting on Aug. 8, 2019. Those who can’t attend in person may call into the meeting using this conference line and access code: (503) 934-1400, 6910 1240#.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Lori Watt at i.C.Watt@state.or.us">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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Americans with Disabilities Act anniversary celebrated with July 23 event - 07/19/19

(Salem, Ore.) – The Oregon Disabilities Commission will host a day-long informational event on July 23 in Salem in recognition of the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The free event, which is open to the public, will feature presentations, panel discussions and other learning opportunities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. Among the presenters will be members of the Portland Pounders Wheelchair Rugby Team as well as advocates Sherrin Coleman and Gabrielle Guedon.

The day will start with a welcome ceremony followed by concurrent workshop sessions that begin at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Workshop topics will include:

  • The history of the Americans with Disabilities Act;
  • Day-to-day challenges for individuals living with disabilities;
  • Living with a hidden disability;
  • Dealing with behavioral health and disability problems; and,
  • A motivational talk on living with a disability.

Featured event speeches will be from noon to 1 p.m. with speakers from the Oregon Disabilities Commission, Oregon Department of Human Services, Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Governor’s Office. Cake and refreshments will follow the speeches.   

Along with the speeches and informational sessions, there will be several showings of the documentary, Lives Worth Living, about the disability rights movement. Screening times are: 9:45 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Groups who will be hosting informational booths include:

  • Employment First;
  • Vocational Rehabilitation;
  • Disability Rights Oregon;
  • Employed Persons with Disabilities;
  • Oregon ABLE Savings;
  • Oregon Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Council; and,
  • Veteran’s Employee Resource Group & Oregon Disabled Veterans Association.

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 event. There will be American Sign Language interpreters at the event.

If you have questions about the celebration and program, contact: OregonDisabilities.Commission@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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Quality Measurement Council meets July 17 - 07/10/19

(Wilsonville, Ore.) – The Quality Measurement Council will hold a meeting from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, in Training Rooms 1 and 2 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 will include a discussion on collecting and reporting metrics.

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, 1-888-363-4735, 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 1-541-735-0058 or ebecca.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 (541) 735-0058 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 Department of Human Services Hosts Stakeholder Meeting on July 16, 2019 - 07/08/19

The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) will host its quarterly stakeholder meeting on July 16, 2019 in Salem. Join us in person, by phone or online.

 

DHS Director Fariborz Pakseresht, along with the agency’s Executive Leadership Team, will present brief updates followed by a question-and-answer period. Updates will be provided on each of the agency’s divisions: Aging and People with Disabilities, Child Welfare, the Office of Developmental Disabilities, Self-Sufficiency Programs, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Central and Shared Services.

 

Date:          Tues., July 16, 2019

Time:         1:30 to 3 p.m.

Participate:

  • In-Person: Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 137 B-D, 500 Summer Street NE, Salem
  • By phone: Take part by conference call. Dial-in number: (800) 260-0719. Participant Code: 469776.

 

Online: Join from any PC or mobile device browser using this link: https://join-noam.broadcast.skype.com/dhsoha.state.or.us/bd0550622b2a4a1a899bde610ee5f2fc

 

Participate in the conversation on Twitter by using #ORDHSforum.

 

Learn more about the services DHS offers: www.oregon.gov/dhs

 

Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Executive Committee meets July 12 - 07/03/19

(Salem, Ore.) – The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Executive Committee will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. July 12 in Room 160 of the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. N.E., Salem, Oregon, 97301.

The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items will include a discussion about applications for advisory committee membership as well as the onboarding process and training for new members.

Sign language interpreters and live captioning will be provided at the meeting. Those who are unable to attend in person, may join each meeting by calling toll-free phone number, (503) 934-1400, and using Conference ID 65989906#.  

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

For questions about the meeting, please contact: Barbara Robertson at (503) 509-9550 (V/text) 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 (ODHHS) 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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