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Oregon Disabilities Commission to meet Thursday, May 11 in Salem - 04/27/17

The Oregon Disabilities Commission meets Thursday, May 11, 2017, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Human Services Building, Room 473, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem, Oregon. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: Guest speaker Ashley Carson Cottingham -- Director of Aging & People with Disabilities, public comment, legislative updates, ADA celebration planning, discussion on the AOCIL/ODOT settlement, a viewing of HASL's curb ramp video, and next meeting agenda items.

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: Jeffrey Puterbaugh, 503-947-1189, 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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Oregon Department of Human Services Announces Upcoming Stakeholder/Partner Meeting, May 23 - 04/21/17

You are invited to join us on Tuesday, May 23 for a DHS stakeholder/partner meeting and conference call about upcoming legislative and budget issues.

DHS Director Clyde Saiki and DHS Executive Team will present brief program, legislative, budget updates followed by a question and answer period.

Join in person, by phone or follow along on Facebook or Twitter.
When: Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Where: Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 137, 500
Summer Street NE, Salem
How: Conference call 1-877-336-1829; Participant Code: 8307334

Join us on social media:
Live streaming during the event:
Twitter: @OregonDHSAPD
Facebook: @OregonDHS.SSP

We will tweet live during the event via the DHS Twitter account @OregonDHS; join the conversation using #ORDHSforum.

If attending in person, please RSVP by Friday, May 12: Communications.DHS@state.or.us.

Questions or accommodation requests related to a disability: contact Communications.DHS@state.or.us. A good faith effort will be made to fulfill requests.

Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee Executive Team to meet Wednesday, April 26 in Portland - 04/12/17

The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee -- Executive Team will meet Wednesday, April 26, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Portland State Office Building, Room 515, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: Public comment, old business, membership voting, operations and policy analyst position update, interpreting services RFP update, review of bylaws, review of budget, 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 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.

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Public Notice and Request for Comment on the Proposal to amend Aging and People with Disabilities 1915(c) Waiver - 04/11/17

The Oregon Department of Human Services (Oregon DHS) is proposing an amendment to the Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) 1915(c) waiver in order to add transition services for individuals who lose eligibility due to changes in the definitions in activities of daily living in Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 411 Division 015. The proposed amendment is posted online at: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/DHSNEWS/Documents/apd-waiver-amendment-draft-4-2017.pdf

COMMENTS DUE: May 6, 2017.

BACKGROUND:
Oregon DHS has amended the Oregon Administrative Rules that define the levels of assistance needed for Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). ADLs are the components that make up nursing facility level of care. Nursing facility level of care is used to determine eligibility for nursing facility and home and community-based services. Oregon DHS expects the change to the ADL definitions to result in approximately four percent of eligible individuals losing eligibility for Medicaid Long Term Care Services. This means that approximately 1,200 individuals will lose home and community-based services through Oregon's 1915(k), K State Plan and the APD waiver #0185. A smaller subset of that population will lose eligibility for all Medicaid-funded services including the Oregon Health Plan.

Waiver Amendment:
Oregon DHS completed a full rule advisory committee process and finalized the public comment period on the rules affected by the changes to the level of assistance needed for ADLs. The waiver amendment, in part, is to provide the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with a formal summary of the Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) changes, a transition plan for individuals who will lose services as a result of the changes, and to add the definition of "assistance" to the waiver. It is important to note that the changes made to OAR are not part of this request for review. States are permitted by federal law to determine and set their eligibility criteria. We are waiting for CMS approval of the waiver to formally align the contents of the waiver with the OAR changes. Upon approval, Oregon DHS will implement those rule changes.

The transition plan for affected participants is addressed in the main section of the waiver application. Transition services will also be available to waiver participants who maintain eligibility but choose to move from a licensed residential settings to an in-home setting.

Because of the potential impact on waiver participants, Oregon DHS and the Oregon Health Authority are requesting to add transition services as an approved waiver service in this amendment. These services will help individuals transition safely from Medicaid home and community-based care services to independent living. The addition of the new service also requires a revision to performance measure 33.

If approved by CMS, transition services will be used to assist those that lose eligibility for waiver services to move from licensed residential settings into non-Medicaid funded in-home settings.

Oregon DHS is requesting from CMS an effective date for these changes of July 1, 2017.

Oregon DHS and the Oregon Health Authority appreciate your interest in these changes. We will consider all feedback as we develop the waiver application for these changes. Please share this information with individuals or groups who may be interested in or affected by the changes.

There is no change expected in the annual aggregate expenditures.

HOW TO COMMENT:
Send written comments by fax, mail or email to:
Jesse S. Anderson, State Plan Manager
Health Policy and Analytics
500 Summer Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301
Fax: 503-947-1119
Email: jesse.anderson@state.or.us
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DHS Encourages Applications for Employment Related Day Care - 04/07/17

Help with paying childcare expenses is available now! The Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) program assists working families by paying some of their child care cost. Families are encouraged to apply now.

Parents, Foster parents or a caretaker who is working may be eligible for help. ERDC can also help cover child care for school hours if you are working and going to school.

Families who need help with the cost of child care are encouraged to apply at any Department of Human Services (DHS) office. There is an income limit for this program. A family of three with gross income of less than $3,149 per month could qualify. DHS child care payments are made directly to the provider on behalf of the family. Families who are eligible will still pay a portion of their child care costs.

Families who are receiving ERDC assistance can choose their child care provider. They can choose a provider who is already listed with DHS as an approved provider or they can list a new provider. This could be a family member, a friend or their current child care provider.

If you would like more information on how to apply, or the location of the nearest DHS office, contact 211Info.

The Governor's Commission on Senior Services will meet Thursday, April 13 in Keizer - 04/03/17

The Governor's Commission on Senior Services will meet on Thursday, April 13, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at 3406 Cherry Ave, Room 123, Keizer, OR. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes regular commission business, a review of the new commission logo, a discussion with AARP State Director Jerry Cohen, a presentation by Mary Moller, Executive Appointments Director of Governor Kate Brown's office, an update from the GCSS ODC Legislative Committee, a budget update, in addition to a review of the new member orientation packet and report outs from commissioners who attended recent conferences on aging.

People can also call into the meeting. Conference line: 888-363-4735 Access code: 3439085.

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.
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Media Advisory for Tuesday 4/4: New PSA's to Help Oregon Recruit More Foster Families - 04/03/17

**Embargoed until April 4, 2017**

MEDIA ADVISORY

DHS, OREGON ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS, AND EVERY CHILD LAUNCH FOSTER CARE PSA CAMPAIGN

SALEM, OR., Right now, nearly 8,000 Oregon children are in foster care, and communities lack the needed number of foster homes to ensure children are placed with the best family for their safety and well-being. However, in the midst of our current shortage of foster homes, there is fresh reason for hope and celebration.

With the goal of mobilizing an unprecedented number of foster families across the state, the Department of Human Services (DHS), Oregon Association of Broadcasters (OAB), and Every Child--a community mobilization effort to encourage partnership with DHS--is proud to launch a statewide Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign.

Starting April 4, the Every Child PSA Campaign is designed to reframe foster care with the immediate goal of capturing the imagination of Oregonians and inviting them to consider becoming foster parents. In generous partnership with the OAB, Every Child PSA's will air across 35 television stations and 245 radio stations in the months of April, May (foster care awareness month), and June.

DHS, OAB, and Every Child's umbrella organization, Portland Leadership Foundation, would like to invite members of the media to be among the first to see the new PSA's and interact with DHS and community leadership.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
An Exclusive Invitation: Every Child Narrative PSA Launch Party
4:30pm to 5:30pm

The Mark
101 NE Morris St Portland, OR 97212

We are confident more Oregonians will want to be a part of the foster care solution. Every Child is designed to share the possibilities.

To RSVP for the Every Child PSA Launch Party, please email: info@everychildoregon.org

To learn more about the Every Child PSA Campaign, please contact:

Andrea Cantu-Schomus, Communications Officer, DHS Child Welfare
(503)569-1123 or andrea.cantu-schomus@state.or.us

Brooke Gray, Exec. Dir. of Government Partnerships, Portland Leadership Foundation,
(503)488-0145 or brooke.gray@portlandleadership.org

Medicaid Long Term Care Quality and Reimbursement Advisory Council to meet Wednesday, April 12 in Salem - 03/31/17

The Medicaid Long Term Care Quality and Reimbursement Advisory Council meets Wednesday, April 12 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, liaison groups, budget letter, 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, 503-945-6993 or 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.