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Public Notice: Waiver Comments Sought - 01/22/20

The Oregon Department of Human Services’ Office of Developmental Disabilities Services is seeking public comment regarding the 1915 (c) #0117Children’s HCBS Waiver, #0375 Adult HCBS Waiver, # 40193 Medically Fragile Waiver, #40194 Behavioral Waiver, and # 0565 Medically Involved Waiver amendments.

The waiver amendments are requesting to:

  • #0375 Adult HCBS Waiver, #0117 Children’s Waiver,  # 40193 Medically Fragile Waiver, #40194 Behavioral Waiver, and # 0565 Medically Involved Waiver amendments -
    • Adjust the Supported Employment - Individual Employment Support rate methodology.
  •  #0117 Children’s Waiver, #40194 Behavioral Model Waiver and #0375 Adults Waiver amendments–
    • No longer require a new initial level of care (LOC) when someone transitions from one Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID) LOC waiver to another waiver with the same LOC, when they have a current, valid ICF/IID LOC.
  • #40194 Behavioral Model Waiver amendment -
    • Technical changes in Appendix B to keep Level of Care language consistent with the Children’s Waiver.
  • #0375 Adult HCBS Waiver amendment –
    • Allow the Direct Nursing Service in 24-hour residential group home settings. This includes adding a new provider type for Direct Nursing.
    •  Add Host Homes as a CMS approved Home and Community Based setting.

The proposed 1915 (c) waiver amendments are online at https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/DD/Pages/Compass-Project-Waivers-Rules-Policy.aspx

Print versions of the waiver amendments are posted in local Community Developmental Disabilities Programs (http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/DD/Pages/county-programs.aspx) and Support Services Brokerages (http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/DD/Pages/Support-Services-Brokerages.aspx). Print versions may also be obtained from Joli Schroader, Medicaid Waiver Analyst, 503-507-2083, .schroader@state.or.us">joli.r.schroader@state.or.us

Interested parties are asked to submit comments via one of two methods: Send an email to odds.info@state.or.us or send written comments addressed to ODDS Medicaid Waiver Analyst, 500 Summer Street NE E-09, Salem, OR 97301.

Deadline for comments is February 23, 2020. Mail responses must be received by this date in order to be considered.

Oregon Department of Human Services Hosts Stakeholder Meeting - 01/15/20

(SALEM, Oregon) – The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) will host its

quarterly stakeholder meeting on January 22, 2020 in Salem. Join us in person or


DHS Director Fariborz Pakseresht, along with the agency’s Executive Leadership

Team, will present brief agency and program division updates followed by a

question-and-answer period.

Updates will be provided on each of the agency’s program divisions: Aging and

People with Disabilities, Child Welfare, the Office of Developmental Disabilities,

Self-Sufficiency Programs, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Central and Shared

Services (Business Operations).

Date: Wed., January 22, 2020

Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.


· In-Person: Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 137 B-D, 500

Summer Street NE, Salem

· Online: Join from any PC or mobile device browser using this link:


Follow along on Twitter by using #ORDHSforum.

Learn more about the services DHS offers: www.oregon.gov/dhs

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Corrected Trafficking Data Graphic
Corrected: Oregon DOJ and DHS to release new data on human trafficking across Oregon (Photo) - 01/09/20

(Portland, Ore.) – The State of Oregon identified 746 victims of human trafficking across Oregon in a 12-month period between October 2018 and October 2019. The new data was collected by the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS).

In commemoration of Human Trafficking Awareness Day, on Friday, Jan. 10, 2019 Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and Rebecca Jones Gaston, director of the DHS Child Welfare Program, will honor the efforts of Oregonians who work to prevent human trafficking, including an award honoring an inter-agency team which stopped a trafficking ring in Lane County. The awards ceremony which is open to the media, will also help raise awareness about Oregon’s current intervention efforts and recognize the work of Oregonians who are taking a trauma informed and victim-centered approach to trafficking intervention.

“Human trafficking and the exploitation of minors, sadly, affects every corner of Oregon. The individuals and community members we are honoring on Human Trafficking Awareness Day represent the courage, trust, and strong inter-agency partnerships necessary to help keep our most vulnerable Oregonians, especially children, safe from traffickers,” said Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum

“DHS is proud to recognize the efforts of our Lane County and Clackamas Child Welfare awardees for their teamwork and collaboration,” said Jones Gaston. “Preventing human trafficking is not just one organization’s goal, it takes everyone to work together to make a difference in this issue, which is why the teamwork and passion exhibited by these awardees is so critical.”

Awards will be presented on Friday, Jan. 10 at the Oregon DOJ office at 100 SW Market Street in Portland, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Media is welcome to attend.

Team Award: Lane County Team


Lane County Child Welfare Office: Susan Lopez, Tanya Huff, Melissa Erickson, Kyle Belknap, Bridget Byfield, Chuck Nyby, Melissa McCormack.

Federal Bureau of Investigation –Special Agent Isabel Scharn, Special Agent Damara Schlitz, SOS Joseph Peoples, Victim Specialist Florence Mackey.

Lane County Department of Youth Services Probation Officer Jordan Sies, DelBrico Kriner and MH specialist Martin Starr.

Eugene Police Department – Detective Curtis Newell, Detective Jed McGuire.

Albany Police Department- Officer Gabe Flores, Albany Police Department


Above & Beyond Award

Advocate: Tanel Tucker, Safety Compass

District Attorney: Mike Botthof, Multnomah County District Attorney

Law Enforcement: Officer Heather Hisel, Milwaukie Police Department

DHS: Kelly Walsh, Clackamas Child Welfare Office

Other: Tom Perez, EPIK