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Oregon Home Care Commission to meet Feb. 2 in Salem - 01/20/17

Salem, Oregon -- The Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC) will meet on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m., at 676 Church Street NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes public testimony; reports from the Governor's Commission on Senior Services, Oregon Disabilities Commission, Oregon Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities, DHS Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) program, community advisory councils and coordinated care organizations; provider time capture project, quarterly APD update, OHCC Legislative Committee bill reports; brainstorming session/future agenda topics and staff reports.

There will be a working lunch, followed by workforce development update and Executive Director's report. The full agenda is attached. The agenda is subject to change.
A call-in number is available for people unable to attend in person: 888-278-0296, dial access code 7999724#.

The commission meets on the first Thursday of every month.

The Oregon Home Care Commission welcomes visitors to its meetings. People who need any type of accommodation due to a disability should contact Joanna Gould at 503-378-4984 or joanna.m.gould@state.or.us 48 hours prior to the meeting.

About the Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC)
OHCC ensures high quality homecare 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 http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/seniors-disabilities/hcc and "Like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OregonHomeCareCommission.

Attached Media Files: February agenda
Oregon DHS Director Thanks Malheur County Partners for Assistance - 01/18/17

Statement from Oregon Department of Human Services Director Clyde Saiki:

As most of you know, we had to evacuate the DHS office building in Ontario for a few days in order to deal with heavy snow load on the roof. In many communities, that disruption might mean an office closure and lost services to the community -- but not in Ontario!

I want to thank our incredible community partners who stepped up to provide alternate work locations (and much more) for DHS staff. We only lost about 12 work hours before we were back up and running.

Thank you to: Malheur Council on Aging, Community in Action, Nazarene Church, Malheur County Juvenile Department and Justice Court , Employment Department/Work Source Oregon, and Sunset Lanes Bowling Alley.

- Clyde Saiki

Safety and quality are serious business for adult foster home licensors - 01/18/17

On January 11, 2017, a local TV station covering Southern Oregon reported about struggles local operators of adult foster homes allegedly experience. The report showed a former foster home provider, who made a variety of allegations against the Oregon Department of Human Services (Oregon DHS).

The former adult foster home operator, Lesina Reyes, who had her license revoked in October 2016, complained about

* unfair demands,
* intimidation and harassment of providers,
* excessive visits by licensors and
* varied expectations between them.

Oregon DHS was not provided the opportunity to make a statement or provide facts related to the report.

Oregon DHS would like to note that Ms. Reyes' license was revoked after identifying more than 17 licensing violations. Ms. Reyes received coaching from licensors in 12 different areas of foster home operation. Adult Protective Services investigated three different reports of allegations of missing medications and missing medication administration records for a deceased resident. Licensors made follow-up visits as required and in accordance with Oregon Administrative Rules. It was determined Reyes was unable to maintain compliance.

An adult foster home is required by Oregon law (ORS 443.400) to undergo a licensing process and periodic inspection (ORS 443.435). In addition, Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR 411-050-0600 to 0690) establish the minimum standards and outline procedures for the necessary care and services consumers receive in adult foster homes. The licensing process was designed to ensure safety and quality for consumers who reside in these homes. The process also holds providers accountable to the established standards.

Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) Program Director Ashley Carson Cottingham stated, "Safety and quality of long-term care settings for Oregonians is one of our primary areas of focus. When consumers choose one particular care facility over another, they have to be able to rely on the provider to have their needs met, it's our responsibility to make sure the providers are following the rules."

APD's local office holds regular quarterly meetings with its adult foster home providers. These meetings are intended to provide a forum for training, professional exchange and the discussion of potential grievances. "Working closely with providers in a collaborative manner, to help them achieve compliance is important to DHS," said Carson Cottingham.

The local team of licensors oversees a total of 150 adult foster homes in Jackson and Josephine County. Occasionally, investigators with Adult Protective Services (APS) may get involved as well, when a complaint or call of concern has been received.

In all of 2016, the local licensing team identified incidents of substantial non-compliance at eight foster homes. The identified rule violations potentially placed foster home residents at risk. Each case was reviewed by the central licensing unit in Salem. Action was taken depending on the history of the home and the potential for imminent danger to residents living in the home.

Following is an abbreviated list of violations identified by licensors and investigators at these homes:

- Presenting an unsafe environment.
- Provider was absent from the home for long periods without notification.
- Unsafe medication administration system.
- Inadequate staffing and non-compliance with basic fire & life safety standards.
- Provider stated they will not hire more staff to meet the fire & life safety evacuation rule.
- Local office notified that a resident was transported to hospital due to unresponsiveness for prolonged period. Second resident was sent to hospital due to suspicion of neglect of care.

An overview of corrective actions taken by Oregon DHS at the eight local adult foster homes is attached to this news release. Further detail is available upon request.

Kathie Young, APD's District Manager for Jackson and Josephine County, stated, "We strive to have a cooperative working relationship with our local care providers. They are the ones who offer consumers a choice. But we also take our role as an oversight agency and the trust Oregonians place in us very seriously."

Should anyone suspect abuse, neglect or exploitation of vulnerable adults, we encourage citizens to call Oregon's statewide Safety Hotline at 1-855-503-SAFE (7233). ###

Attached Media Files: News release & appendix
Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee to meet Friday, January 20 in Salem - 01/17/17

The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee meets Friday, January 20 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, agenda items for next meeting, adjourn.

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

Governor's Commission on Senior Services Executive Committee will meet Thursday, January, 26, 2017 - 01/12/17

The Governor's Commission on Senior Services Executive Committee will meet on January 26, 2017 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Human Services Building, 500 Summer Street NE, Room 165, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes announcements, a public comment period, debrief of the January meeting, a discussion on planning a 2017 Oregon Conference on Aging, and setting the agenda for the February 9 full commission meeting.

People can also call into the meeting: 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.

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.

Oregon DHS Office in Ontario is closed -- How to report abuse/neglect until the office reopens - 01/10/17

The DHS Office in Ontario (Malheur County) is closed until further notice -- heavy snowfall has created structural safety issues with the building, and all staff members have been evacuated.

Operations in that office are closed today and tomorrow. We are working to resume operations ASAP, and staff should watch local media and the DAS Building Closure website for updates.

The Oregon Department of Human Services wants residents of Ontario/Malheur County to know:
* If you need to make a report of suspected child abuse or elder abuse:
If someone is in immediate danger, call 911
For all other reports, please call our statewide abuse reporting line at 1-855-503 SAFE

* If you are in need of assistance, please call 211Info for assistance. You can call them at 211 or visit the website at http://211info.org/

Join DHS for our Stakeholder/Partner Meeting on Friday, January 20 - 01/09/17

YOU ARE INVITED! DHS stakeholder/partner meeting re: upcoming legislative and budget issues: Friday, January 20, 2017

Join DHS Director Clyde Saiki and members of the DHS Executive Team for a brief presentation and discussion, including program updates, legislative issues and budget news. Please forward this message to others who may be interested.

Make plans to join us in person or by phone!

Friday, January 20th
> Salem -- Human Services Building (500 Summer Street NE, Rooms 137A-B-C-D)
> 1:30 pm -- 3:00 pm

Conference call option: Call in for the meeting at 1-888-636-3807
(Participant code: 229664)

>> RSVP to: DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us

Questions? Please contact DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon Home Care Commission to meet Jan. 5 in Salem - 12/29/16

Salem, Oregon -- The Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC) will meet on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 10 a.m., at 676 Church Street NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes public testimony; reports from the Governor's Commission on Senior Services, Oregon Disabilities Commission, Oregon Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities, DHS Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) program, community advisory councils and coordinated care organizations; introduction of new Commissioner, APD and Universal Provider letters update; Provider Time Capture Process; Brainstorming Session/Future Agenda Topics and staff reports.

There will be a working lunch, followed by workforce development update and Executive Director's report. The full agenda is attached.

A call-in number is available for people unable to attend in person: 888-278-2796, dial access code 7999724#.

The commission meets on the first Thursday of every month.

The Oregon Home Care Commission welcomes visitors to its meetings. People who need any type of accommodation due to a disability should contact Joanna Gould at 503-378-4984 or joanna.m.gould@state.or.us 48 hours prior to the meeting.

About the Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC)

OHCC ensures high quality homecare 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.

Governor's Commission on Senior Services will meet Thursday, January 5, in Salem - 12/23/16

The Governor's Commission on Senior Services will meet on Thursday, January 5, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. -- 4 p.m. at the Roth's West Salem Event Center, 1130 Wallace Road NW, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes regular commission business; public comment; a debrief discussion on the outcomes of the Oregon Conference on Aging held in October; an update from the Legislative Subcommittee; a discussion with DHS on the requested budget, legislative concepts moving forward to the 2017 legislative session and how the Commission will proceed; results of the area plan review process and the Commission's role in developing the State Plan on Aging; continuation of the work centered on Aging as an Asset; Commission outreach events; and its partnership with the Oregon Disabilities Commission.

People can also call into the meeting or attend via webinar: Conference line: 888-363-4735 Access code: 3439085 or they can join via internet at
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/683009069

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.