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Governor's Commission on Senior Services meets March 28 in Salem - 03/15/19

(Salem, Ore.) – The Governor’s Commission on Senior Services (GCSS) Executive Committee will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, at the Department of Human Services, 500 Summer St. N.E., Room 164, Salem, Oregon, 97301.

The meeting is open to the public. Agenda items include regular GCSS business, legislative updates, recruitment efforts, and determining the topics for the April 11, 2019, full commission meeting. Those who can’t attend in person may call into the meeting using this conference line and access code: 1-888-808-6929, 4517555.

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 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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Oregon Department of Human Services celebrates Social Work Month 2019 - 03/11/19

(Salem, Ore.) – The Oregon Department of Human Services celebrates National Social Work Month in March to highlight the important work of child welfare staff in the state.

Social workers serve in the Child Welfare Program and in other areas at DHS, which helps 1.5 million Oregon residents from birth through the end of life.

“Social work is an extremely hard fight, but it’s a worthy one,” said Child Welfare Director Marilyn Jones. “Our staff serve our most vulnerable families. We should embrace and champion the work they are doing.”

The Department is sharing appreciation messages to child welfare staff across Oregon, recognizing outstanding work, and thanking the many volunteers, community groups, and nonprofit organizations that support the great work being done by our child welfare staff.

The Department recently named recipients of the annual Tom Moan Memorial Award, which recognizes and promotes leadership and outstanding achievement by caseworkers in the field of child welfare. Moan, who died in 1985, was career child welfare caseworker and administrator in Oregon.

The award went to Brenna Mollerstrom, a child protective services worker in Benton County, and Angie Whittaker, a child protective services worker in Astoria. Brenna Mollerstrom’s father was a recipient of the Tom Moan award 10 years ago.

The National Association of Social Workers organizes Social Work Month to educate the public about the invaluable contributions of the profession. More information is available at www.socialworkmonth.org.

Quality Measurement Council meets March 20 - 03/07/19

(Wilsonville, Ore.) – The Quality Measurement Council will meet from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, March 20, 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 include 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 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 1-541-735-0058 or 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 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Committee meets March 15 - 03/07/19

(Salem, Ore.) – The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (ODHHS) Advisory Committee will hold its full advisory committee and executive committee meetings on March 15 in Salem.

The full advisory committee will meet from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 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 include public comment, announcements, APD update, drafts of new brochures for the Advisory Committee and the ODHHS program, new membership discussion, other budget items, and bylaws committee discussion.

The executive committee will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. 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 include will include public comment, announcements, planning for future meetings, and new business.

Sign language interpreters, FM assistive listening devices and live captioning will be provided for each 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 69867017#.   

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Request.ODHHSP@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting. For questions about these meetings, please contact: Barbara Robertson at 503-509-9550 or the ODHHS program at 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 Services (ODHHS) program by providing  issues affecting individuals who are deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing and those with additional disabilities.

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Oregon Disabilities Commission meets March 8 in Portland - 03/06/19

(Salem, Ore.) — The Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) will meet from 1 to 3:45 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2019, at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel, 8235 N.E. Airport Way, Mount Hood A&B Rooms, Portland, Oregon, 97220.

The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes regular ODC business, review and approval of the meeting agenda and prior meeting minutes, public comment, announcements, ODC business 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: 877-336-1828, Participant Code - 1093140#.

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 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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Child Welfare Project and Implementation Plan Steering Team to meet Thursday in Salem - 02/28/19

SALEM, Ore. – The Child Welfare Project and Implementation Plan Steering Team meets Thursday (March 7, 2019) from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 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: overview of all priority projects, overview of final Child Welfare procedure manual, response to caregiver retention and support recommendations, preview of realistic job preview project and Child Welfare leadership updates.

Individuals unable to attend in person may call or attend via Skype. Conference line: 1-888-204-5984; Participant Code: 547-086.

If you want to follow the presentation online, please use the link to follow link: https://bit.ly/2Dz9u0p

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions 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: Kelsi Eisele, Project Manager, at kelsi.p.eisele@state.or.us.

The ten identified priority projects, formally known as the Unified Child and Youth Safety Implementation Plan, were set by the steering team in March of 2017 and have now transitioned to Child Welfare Program. This steering team provides oversight, adherence to goals, and monitors and controls projects.

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New Processing Center Brings Jobs to White City - 02/25/19

SALEM, Ore. – In 2017, the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) Self-Sufficiency Programs (SSP), in partnership with the Governor’s Office, began exploring the opportunity to open a network of Eligibility Centers in rural parts of Oregon to bring living wage jobs to these areas. These centers will make determinations on Medicaid and Oregon Health Plan (OHP) eligibility for Oregonians throughout the state.

White City was identified as an optimal site. It is in Jackson County, about nine miles north of Medford, and has a population of about 8,000. “We were very happy and thankful when we heard we would be opening a processing center here in the Rogue Valley” said Lonny Stevens, the White City processing center manager. “It provided an additional opportunity to serve Oregonians and brought 21 jobs to the area. We were fortunate to bring staff on board that share the same dedication to our customers as our agency does.”

Today, February 25, 2019, 21 new staff began processing applications for Oregonians across the state.

“Opening up these processing centers is enhancing the services we provide to Oregonians,” stated Kim Fredlund, SSP Director. “It is creating new oppotunities in rural communities and moves us one step closer to our Same Day/Next Day service model; a model that gets Oregonians the services and benefits they need faster.”

To date, over 160 employees are located in processing centers across Oregon as part of the rural jobs inititative. DHS continues to look for opportunities to expand eligibility processing center opportunities in rural Oregon that will not only bring jobs to these areas but will also create greater efficiencies so that we can continue to provide the services that guide Oregonians out of poverty.