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State Universities Present Studies on State of Long-Term Care Settings - 09/12/17

Salem, OR -- Researchers from Portland State University (PSU) and Oregon State University (OSU) will present key findings of 2017 studies of Oregon's long-term care facilities during an event Friday in Portland. This is the third year the Oregon Department of Human Services (Oregon DHS) Aging & People with Disabilities program (APD) has commissioned studies, which review quality, availability and more.

PSU's studies focused on community-based care settings, including assisted living facilities, residential care facilities, memory care communities and adult foster homes. Researchers from OSU's College of Public Health and Human Sciences looked at nursing facilities (nursing homes) in our state.

At Friday's event, researchers from both universities will present key findings from their studies. Following the presentation, representatives of the research teams and Oregon DHS will be available for questions and answers. Stakeholders, media representatives, advocates and individuals with an interest in quality and availability of long-term care resources in Oregon are encouraged to participate.

The event is scheduled for September 15, 2017, 2:30 p.m. at Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 294, 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR, 97201.

A conference call line is available at 1-866-299-7945 (conference pass code 1719036#). The event will also be live-streamed on Periscope/Twitter (@OregonDHSAPD) and Facebook (@OregonDHS.APD).

The 2017 studies offer several noteworthy observations:

I. Oregon has the highest rate of assisted living and residential care communities that accept Medicaid in the nation.

II. The demand for endorsed memory care facilities has increased during the past decade.

III. The majority of community-based care settings employ full-time registered nurses (RNs), though they are not required to do so.

IV. Nursing facilities play a crucial role in Oregon's continuum of long-term care, especially for people needing skilled nursing care or rehabilitation after discharge from a hospital. More than 9 in 10 admissions to Oregon nursing facilities were from hospitals.

V. Lengths of stay in Oregon nursing facilities are among the shortest in the nation with 7 in 10 stays lasting 1 month or less.

From 2015 to 2050, the State of Oregon will see an estimated increase in its population of adults 65 and older of almost 50 percent.

APD at Oregon DHS is committed to serving Oregon's older adults and people with disabilities in an innovative, sustainable and person-centered manner. Collective commitment to a system of high-quality long-term care options for consumers is critical as the population ages.
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DHS Director Fariborz Pakseresht Names New Child Welfare Director - 09/12/17

September 12, 2017

Marilyn Jones to lead Child Welfare

I am pleased to announce that we have hired Marilyn Jones to be the new Child Welfare Director for DHS starting October 9. Marilyn has worked for DHS since 1998 in a variety of roles.

For the past decade, she has been the district manager for Child Welfare and Self-Sufficiency Programs in District 13, based in Baker City. She is known for setting high expectations for herself as well as her district leaders and staff. She is committed to promoting strong community partnerships, transparency, leadership and employee engagement.

Marilyn's commitment to child welfare is personal as well as professional. Years ago, she and her family began providing respite care for foster parents who needed a break. But they felt they could do more, so they took the training and became a foster family, hosting 11 foster children over the years. Two of their foster daughters were not able to reunite with their original family or relatives, so her family adopted them. Marilyn and her husband continue providing strong support for their daughters and making their needs a top priority. This personal commitment gives her a unique understanding of many facets of our child welfare system.

Prior to her district manager role, she was a community development coordinator, School Site One Stop coordinator and an Early Start/foster home certifier for DHS. She also has extensive experience in the private sector as a business owner and partner.

Chris Black, current District 13 Child Welfare program manager, will be interim district manager.

In her new role, she will lead a statewide staff of dedicated, passionate employees working to make life better for Oregon's children, families and communities. I hope you share our excitement about this announcement.

I also want to thank Laurie Price for stepping in to fill the gap between when the previous Child Welfare director left and when Marilyn starts. Laurie has given so much of her time, energy and commitment to keeping our efforts moving forward during this transition. She is a leader in every sense of the word. She is talented, thoughtful and caring. Perhaps most of all, she is unwavering in her drive to make life better for children and families in their most trying times. We will all continue to depend on Laurie's leadership as our work keeps moving forward.

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Unified Child and Youth Safety Implementation Plan Steering Team to meet Tuesday, September 19 in Salem - 09/08/17

The Unified Child and Youth Safety Implementation Plan Steering Team meets Tuesday, September 19 from 9 a.m. to 12 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: discussion on continuum of care, foster care recruitment and retention, status reports on ten priority projects and future agenda items.

Individuals unable to attend in person may call into the meeting or attend via Skype. Conference line: 1-888-636-3807; Participant Code: 438-914.
If you want to follow the presentation online, please join via Skype Meeting at: http://bit.ly/2mI3S8F.

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.

About the Unified Child and Youth Safety Implementation Plan Steering Team: 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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Public Notice: Provider rate increase, effective October 1, 2017 - 09/07/17

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

The Oregon Legislature approved a 5 percent increase effective October 1, 2017 to support Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). The purpose of this increase is to support the vital work of DSPs.

DSP functions are included in many of the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services rate models. The following services are included in the 5 percent rate increase:
* 24 Hour Residential -- Adults and Children
* Supported Living
* Day Support Activities (DSA) -- Attendant Care Group in Facility or Community
* Employment Path -- Facility and Community

Agency-provided one-on-one activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living (ADL/IADL) attendant care is not included in the 5 percent rate increase.

Details about the change are available at http://www.dhs.state.or.us/policy/spd/transmit/ar/2017/ar17057.pdf

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Save the date: Discussion & Release of Long-Term Services & Supports in Oregon Studies on September 15 - 09/06/17

Salem, OR -- The Oregon Department of Human Services (Oregon DHS) Aging & People with Disabilities program (APD), in cooperation with the Oregon State University (OSU) and Portland State University (PSU), will present findings from recently completed studies about assisted living, residential care, endorsed memory care, adult foster homes, and nursing facilities. Researchers with the OSU College of Public Health and Human Services, the PSU Institute on Aging and representatives of APD will participate in a roundtable discussion of the studies' findings.

The event is scheduled for September 15, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. at Portland State University.

What are we going to talk about? A few highlights from the studies:

I. The costs of assisted living, residential care, and endorsed memory care communities:
- The monthly cost of assisted living is $3,667 and residential care facilities is $3,770 -- more than $44,400 a year.
- Memory care communities average $5,410 per month.
- Average nursing facility costs for a bed in a semi-private room is $8,425.
- Oregon has the highest rate of assisted living and residential care communities that accept Medicaid, and the highest percent of Medicaid-financed residents, in the nation.
II. The demand for endorsed memory care facilities has increased during the past decade.
III. The majority of community based care settings employ full-time registered nurses (RNs), though they are not required to do so.

Detailed information about location, phone numbers, and online links will be sent in a separate release. This session will be available live via Facebook, Twitter and a telephone conference line.

The study reports are located at: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/Pages/publications.aspx
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CANCELLATION! - Oregon Home Care Commission meeting on September 7 has been canceled - 09/05/17

The Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC) meeting originally planned for Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 11 a.m., 676 Church Street NE, Salem, OR, has been canceled. Agenda items planned for this event will be covered during next month's regular meeting.

About the Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC):
OHCC ensures high quality home care services for seniors and people with physical, intellectual/developmental and mental health disabilities. The Commission defines qualifications, manages a statewide registry and trains home care workers (HCWs) and personal support workers (PSWs). OHCC serves as the employer of record for purposes of collective bargaining for HCWs and PSWs receiving service payments from public funds.
Learn more about OHCC at www.oregon.gov/dhs/seniors-disabilities/hc and
"Like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OregonHomeCareCommission.
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Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee - Friday, September 15th in Salem - 08/31/17

The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee -- will meet Friday, September 15th, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem, OR.

The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: Public comment, old and new business, review of bylaws, agenda (2017 -- 2018), subcommittee reports and agenda items for the next meeting.

For those who cannot attend in person, there is a toll-free phone number: 1-888-808-6929, Participant Code: 4517555.

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 kelsey.gleeson@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.
For questions about this meeting, please contact: Theresa Powell theresa.a.powell@state.or.us

About the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing 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 or hard of hearing.
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The Oregon Home Care Commission will meet Thursday, September 7, in Salem - 08/29/17

The Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC) is planning to meet Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 11 a.m., 676 Church Street NE, Salem, OR. The meeting is open to the public. Please note the usual start time is 10 a.m., but this month the meeting will begin at 11 a.m.

The agenda includes: public testimony; Governor's Commission on Senior Services; Oregon Disabilities Commission; Oregon Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities, Oregon Self-Advocacy Coalition, Aging and People with Disabilities, Community Advisory Councils and Coordinated Care Organizations; Worker's Classification -- Workforce Development and Disability Services Advisory Council updates. There will be a working lunch, which will include: bi-monthly Developmental Disabilities/Mental Health Committee and monthly training/registry reports. This will be followed by a quarterly Office of Developmental Disabilities update.

There will be a short break, followed by an Executive Session, which is closed to members of the general public. In accordance with ORS 192.660(1)(d), OHCC will hold an Executive Session for the purpose of discussing labor negotiations with the governing body's representative. The full agenda is attached.

For those who are unable to attend in person there is a call-in number: 1-888-278-0296, then dial the access code: 7999724#. The Commission meets on the first Thursday of every month. Visitors are welcome to these meetings. Persons needing an accommodation due to a disability should contact Joanna DeMeyer at 503-378-4984; joanna.m.demeyer@state.or.us.

About the Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC):
OHCC ensures high quality home care services for seniors and people with physical, intellectual/developmental and mental health disabilities. The Commission defines qualifications, manages a statewide registry and trains homecare workers (HCWs) and personal support workers (PSWs). OHCC serves as the employer of record for purposes of collective bargaining for HCWs and PSWs receiving service payments from public funds.
Learn more about OHCC at www.oregon.gov/dhs/seniors-disabilities/hc and
"Like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OregonHomeCareCommission.
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Attached Media Files: OHCC Agenda
The Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) will meet Thursday, September 14, in Salem - 08/25/17

The Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) will meet on Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. -- 4:00 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. NE, Room 473, Salem, OR, 97301. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes regular executive committee business, review and approval of meeting agenda and prior meeting minutes, public comment, any 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 .

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