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Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee Executive Team to meet Wednesday, February 22 in Salem - 02/14/17

The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee Executive Team meets Wednesday, February 22 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 164, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include announcements, public comment, old business, membership, secretary position, Deaf cultural training, new business, roadmap of long-term plan, and agenda items for next meeting.

For those who can't 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 Jeffrey Puterbaugh at 503-947-1189 or Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@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.

DHS launches safety website. Asks Oregonians for ideas. - 02/13/17

Department of Human Services announced today the launch of the Unified Child and Youth Safety Implementation Plan (https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/ABOUTDHS/Child-Safety-Plan/Pages/index.aspx) website. The website is designed to transparently share information on The Unified Child and Youth Safety Implementation Plan and promote safety for Oregon's children and youth.

Following the completion of the independent review of child safety in substitute care ordered by Governor Brown and DHS Director, DHS recognized critical improvements needed to keep Oregon's children and youth safe. Implementation project work will cross the department and seeks to cultivate responsibility for children and youth safety beyond the Child Welfare Program.

Based on input from DHS partners in child and youth safety, the new user friendly website provides resources and information that features:
* The Unified Child and Youth Implementation Plan
* Consistent updates on the progress of the work from the plan
* Family of origin and foster parent resources
* How to report abuse and neglect
* Children and youth resources, and
* Child welfare legislation and policy information.

We welcome your feedback and ideas for content that helps support child and youth safety. Please send your feedback to child.safety@state.or.us.

Subscribe to our Child Safety listserv (https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/ORDHS/subscriber/new?topic_id=ORDHS_599) to stay informed on the latest Unified Child and Youth Safety efforts and how you can stay engaged with us.

Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee to meet Friday, February 17 in Salem - 02/08/17

The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee meets Friday, February 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 473, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include announcements, public comment, old business, subcommittees, new business and agenda items for next meeting.

For those who can't 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 Jeffrey Puterbaugh at 503-947-1189 or Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@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.

The Governor's Commission on Senior Services will meet Thursday, February 9 in Salem - 02/01/17

The Governor's Commission on Senior Services will meet on Thursday February 9, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. -- 4:00 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. NE, Room 166, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes regular commission business; an update from the GCSS-Oregon Disabilities Commission Legislative Committee; a conversation with Debbie Koreski, Human Services Policy Advisor to Governor Brown; election of the Vice Chair position; a review of the statute, bylaws, and roles of the Commission; the creation of a new member orientation packet; a discussion on how to engage consumers around the state and new business. The agenda is subject to change.

Individuals unable to attend in person may call in to the meeting or attend via Skype. Conference line: 503-934-1400, access code: 754505. Or join via internet at Join Skype Meeting at http://meet.dhsoha.state.or.us/rebecca.e.arce/5v5fr2j.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Kelsey Gleeson at kelsey.gleeson@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 GCSS is dedicated to enhancing and protecting the quality of life for all older Oregonians. Through cooperation with other organizations, and advocacy, we work to ensure that seniors have access to services that provide choice, independence and dignity.

Medicaid Long Term Care Quality and Reimbursement Advisory Council to meet Wednesday, February 8 in Salem - 01/26/17

The Medicaid Long Term Care Quality and Reimbursement Advisory Council meets Wednesday, February 8 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 166, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include announcements, public comment, guest Mike McCormick, legislative bills and committees, and council business.

For those who can't 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 Jeffrey Puterbaugh at 503-947-1189 or Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For questions about this meeting, please contact: Max Brown, max.brown@state.or.us.

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

Oregonians can get a larger tax refund with the Earned Income Tax Credit - 01/26/17

Friday, January 27 is Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day, (EITC) a nationwide effort to increase awareness of the tax credit and free tax preparation options. People are encouraged to visit the IRS' website today to learn more about the credit and eligibility requirements.
Oregon has one the lowest EITC participation rates in the country, with only 74.4 percent of eligible taxpayers claiming the credit in 2013, according to the IRS. The Oregon Department of Human Services and the Oregon Department of Revenue are working with other state agencies and community partners to encourage taxpayers to learn more about this credit and find out if they're eligible.
The EITC can mean a refund of up to $6,269 if the person filing has qualifying children. In 2015, the average EITC refund for Oregon taxpayers was $2,136.
To be eligible, taxpayers must have earned income last year and have a valid Social Security number (SSN). Other eligibility requirements for filers include:
* They can't use the "married filing separate" filing status.
* Children they're claiming on their return can't be the qualifying child of another person.
* They must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien for the entire year (in most cases).
Taxpayers can use the IRS' EITC Assistant to further check their eligibility.
Those who qualify for the EITC can also claim Oregon's Earned Income Credit (EIC), which is eight percent of the taxpayer's federal credit. There also are other federal tax credits that workers may be eligible for, including the American Opportunity Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, and the Additional Child Tax Credit.
Those who need help determining if they're eligible for certain tax credits or need assistance with filing their federal or Oregon return have some free or low-cost options. Some companies offer free tax preparation software and e-filing for eligible taxpayers. To see these offers, visit www.oregon.gov/dor and search for "free tax preparation."
AARP and CASH Oregon provide free or low-cost, in-person tax preparation services throughout Oregon. To see their locations, visit www.aarp.org or www.cashoregon.org. People can also call 211 to find free tax return preparation sites.
For more information on the EITC, visit www.irs.gov. For questions about Oregon taxes, call the Department of Revenue at 503-378-4988. For questions about the Department of Human Services call, 503-945-5600.
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