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ShaNai K. Daniels
ShaNai K. Daniels
Missing child alert -- ShaNai K. Daniels is missing and believed to be in danger - 06/07/21

(Salem) – The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Child Welfare Division, asks the public to help find ShaNai K. Daniels, age 16, a child in foster care who went missing from Clackamas on June 4, 2021. She is believed to be in danger.

ODHS asks the public for help in the effort to find her and to contact 911 or local law enforcement if they believe they see her.

ShaNai is suspected to be attempting to fly to Newark, New Jersey, out of Portland International Airport. She may also be in Salem.

Name: ShaNai K. Daniels
Pronouns: She/her
Date of birth: Dec. 27, 2004
Height: 5-foot-2
Weight: 133 pounds
Eye color: Brown
Hair: Black
Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Case #21-11593
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children #1422478

Anyone who suspects they have information about ShaNai’s location should call 911 or local law enforcement.

A small number of children in foster care may be in significant danger when they have gone missing. As ODHS works to do everything it can to find these missing children and ensure their safety, media alerts will be issued in some circumstances when it is determined necessary. Sometimes, in these situations, a child may go missing repeatedly, resulting in more than one media alert for the same child.

Report child abuse to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).  This toll-free number allows you to report abuse of any child or adult to the Oregon Department of Human Services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.

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Attached Media Files: ShaNai K. Daniels , ShaNai K. Daniels
Public notice and request for comment on 1915 (c) #0375, #0117, #0565, #40193, and #40194 waiver amendments - 06/07/21

June 7, 2021

Contact: Media contact: Angela Yeager, 503-507-3479; angela.yeager@dhsoha.state.or.us

Technical contact: Joli Schroader, 503-507-2083, .schroader@dhsoha.state.or.us">joli.r.schroader@dhsoha.state.or.us

Public notice and request for comment on 1915 (c) #0375, #0117, #0565, #40193, and #40194 waiver amendments.

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

The 1915 (c) # 0375 Adults’ Waiver #0117 Children’s Waiver, #0565 Medically Involved Children’s waiver, #40193 Medically Fragile Model waiver, #40194 Behavioral Model waiver amendments are requesting to:

  • Update references from DHS to ODHS and adding Oregon to Department of Human Services throughout the waiver application.
  • Update language regarding the OHA review of ODDS quality assurance reports.
  • Update language regarding risks to be consistent throughout the waiver application.
  • Update language in performance measures.
  • Update references to the Continuous Improvement Committee to reflect current practice.
  • When an emergency has been determined by ODDS, allow face-to-face requirements for service planning meetings to be waived and signatures of service plans to be verbally or by email.

In addition to the above changes, the #0565 Medically Involved Children’s waiver, #40193 Medically Fragile Model waiver, #40194 Behavioral Model waiver also propose to:

  • Remove relative as an option for providing Employment Path to be consistent with current practice. No relatives are currently providing Employment Path services through these waivers.

The proposed 1915 (c) # 0375 Adults’ Waiver #0117 Children’s Waiver, #0565 Medically Involved Children’s waiver, #40193 Medically Fragile Model waiver, #40194 Behavioral Model waiver amendments are online at https://www.oregon.gov/dhs/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/DD/Pages/Compass-Project-Waivers-Rules-Policy.aspx

Print versions of the waivers 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/State Plan Analyst, 503-507-2083, .schroader@dhsoha.state.or.us">joli.r.schroader@dhsoha.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/State Plan Analyst, 500 Summer Street NE E-09, Salem, OR 97301.

Deadline for comments is July 7, 2021. Mail responses must be received by this date in order to be considered.

Johansen Proffitt Siblings
Johansen Proffitt Siblings
Missing child alert -- Sibling group is missing and believed to be in danger - 06/04/21

(Salem) – The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Child Welfare Division, asks the public to help find Leilia Johansen, age 11, Adisenn Proffitt, age 5, Ansen Proffitt, age 5, and Izabella Proffitt, age 9, a sibling group in foster care who are missing.

The siblings went missing from Portland on May 27 and are believed to be in danger.

ODHS asks the public for help in the effort to find them and to contact 911 or local law enforcement if they believe they see them.

The children are suspected to be with their grandmother Lorri Proffitt. They are suspected to be in Southeast Portland or Colton, ORE.

Name: Leilia Johansen
Pronouns: She/her
Date of birth: June 28, 2009
Eye color: Blue
Hair: Sandy blonde
Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Case #21-952303
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children #1422318

Name: Adisenn Proffitt
Pronouns: She/her
Date of birth: July 15, 2015
Eye color: Blue
Hair: Sandy blonde
Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Case #21-952303
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children #1422318

Name: Ansen Proffitt
Pronouns: He/him
Date of birth: July 15, 2015
Eye color: Blue
Hair: Sandy blonde
Other identifying information: Due to a medical issue, one of Ansen’s eyes is closed.
Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Case #21-952303
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children #1422318

Name: Izabella Proffitt
Pronouns: She/her
Date of birth: May 23, 2012
Eye color: Blue
Hair: Sandy blonde
Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Case #21-952303
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children #1422318

Anyone who suspects they have information about the location of the siblings, Lorri Proffitt, Jessica Johansen or David Proffitt should call 911 or local law enforcement.

A small number of children in foster care may be in significant danger when they run away or have gone missing. As ODHS works to do everything it can to find these missing children and ensure their safety, media alerts will be issued in some circumstances when it is determined necessary. Sometimes, in these situations, a child may go missing repeatedly, resulting in more than one media alert for the same child.

Report child abuse to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).  This toll-free number allows you to report abuse of any child or adult to the Oregon Department of Human Services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.

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Attached Media Files: Johansen Proffitt Siblings
UPDATE -- Oregon Department of Human Services announces that Viktorya Gamble has been found - 06/04/21

(Salem) – The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Child Welfare Division, is thankful for the community support to find Viktorya Gamble.

Viktorya Gamble, age 13, is a child in foster care who went missing from Portland on May 31. She was found June 4.

A small number of children in foster care may be in significant danger when they run away or have gone missing. As DHS works to do everything it can to find these missing children and ensure their safety, media alerts will be issued in some circumstances when it is determined necessary. Sometimes, in these situations, a child may go missing repeatedly, resulting in more than one media alert for the same child.

Report child abuse to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).  This toll-free number allows you to report abuse of any child or adult to the Oregon Department of Human Services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.

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Viktorya Gamble
Viktorya Gamble
Missing child alert -- Viktorya Gamble is missing and believed to be in danger - 06/04/21

(Salem) – The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Child Welfare Division, asks the public to help find Viktorya Gamble, age 13, a child in foster care who went missing from Portland on May 31, 2021. She is believed to be in danger.

ODHS asks the public for help in the effort to find Viktorya and to contact the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233) if they have information about her location.

Viktorya is known to spend time on the Maxline on Burnside between 122nd and 181st. She may be with her teenage boyfriend who goes by the name JuJu.

Name: Viktorya Gamble
Pronouns: She/her
Date of birth: Sept 28, 2007
Height: 4-foot-11
Weight: 100 pounds
Eye color: Brown
Hair: Brown, faded into blonde
Other identifying information: Viktorya has tattoos, a cross on her right ankle and faded letters on her left arm.
Portland Police Bureua Case #20-195504
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children # 1393864

Anyone who suspects they have information about Viktorya’s location should call the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).

A small number of children in foster care may be in significant danger when they run away or have gone missing. As ODHS works to do everything it can to find these missing children and ensure their safety, media alerts will be issued in some circumstances when it is determined necessary. Sometimes, in these situations, a child may go missing repeatedly, resulting in more than one media alert for the same child.

Report child abuse to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).  This toll-free number allows you to report abuse of any child or adult to the Oregon Department of Human Services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.

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Attached Media Files: Viktorya Gamble
Comments sought on draft State Plan on Aging by June 28 - 06/01/21

Oregon’s draft State Plan on Aging for 2021-2023  ?  which shapes how older adults, people with disabilities and family care providers are served  ?  is available for review. The public is asked to provide comments on the plan to the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) by 5 p.m. Friday, June 28, 2021.

The plan is developed by the ODHS Office of Aging and People with Disabilities and is required under the Older Americans Act of 1965. It is a contract with the Administration on Aging, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living, and allows Oregon to receive funds under the Act.

The 2021-2023 draft has eight areas of focus:

  • Service equity;
  • COVID-19 recovery;
  • Nutrition services;
  • Health promotion and disease prevention;
  • National family caregiving program;
  • American Indian programs and Title III/VI coordination;
  • Participant-directed and person-centered planning; and
  • Legal assistance and elder rights protection programs.

To review the draft state plan and a summary of the plan, visit this ODHS web page or call (503) 945-6237 to request a paper copy. Comments may be sent to the ODHS Office of Aging and People with Disabilities, Attention: Ann McQueen, 500 Summer St., NE – E-12, Salem, OR 97301. Fax or email comments are acceptable. The Fax number is 503-373-1133 and the email address is SUA.Email@state.or.us. A public hearing will be held on June 28, 2021; for information on how to join the hearing visit this ODHS web page.

You can get this document in other languages, large print, braille or a format you prefer. Contact the Community Services and Supports Unit at (503) 945-6237 or email SUA.Email@state.or.us. We accept all relay calls or you can dial 711.

Juneteenth Celebration comes to Medford -- Saturday, June 19 - 06/01/21

June 1, 2021

Contact: Christine Decker, ODHS Communications, 503-602-8027; istine.l.decker@dhsoha.state.or.us">christine.l.decker@dhsoha.state.or.us.

For media inquiries: please contact Cassondra Smith, ODHS, at: a.L.Smith@dhsoha.state.or.us">Cassondra.L.Smith@dhsoha.state.or.us or by phone at 458-226-9757.

 

Juneteenth Celebration comes to Medford – Saturday, June 19

Medford, Ore. – To recognize Juneteenth, the day commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, a free educational and celebratory event is planned for Saturday, June 19, for the Pear Blossom Park, 312 Fourth Street in downtown Medford. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.    

The event will include educational and fun activities for grownups and children, including a bouncy house, readings, entertainment with live DJ Blahq Sage, music from the Bishop Mayfield Band and Friends and African drummers Fore’ Forte with Master Drummer Diby and Daouda Hawk. There also will be vendors, food trucks, community organizations and resources to recognize the longest-running holiday that celebrates the end of American slavery. The event will host many Black-owned businesses while also highlighting community organizations interested in furthering their focus on cultural agility, equity and inclusive service delivery. 

Juneteenth is also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day – and is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. Juneteenth commemorates the anniversary date of June 19, 1865 by Union Army General Gordon Granger who advanced into Texas,  proclaimed the most northern of slave states.

The Emancipation Proclamation had officially outlawed slavery in all states in 1863.  Yet enforcement of the Proclamation generally relied on the advancement of Union troops. Texas being the most remote of the slave states had a low presence of Union troops as the American Civil War ended. Enforcement there had been slow and inconsistent before Granger's announcement changed all that by the Union’s advancement on June 19, 1865.

The Medford event is brought to the public by the Oregon Department of Human Services Black Employee Support Team, (B.E.S.T.) in partnership with the Black Alliance for Social Empowerment, (BASE), a volunteer nonprofit community organization.  

This year’s Southern Oregon Juneteenth offers an opportunity for communities to come together and further enrich their knowledge, experience and understanding of the journey toward equity while providing support to Black-owned businesses and an enthusiastic celebration of freedom.  

 

 

About B.E.S.T.

B.E.S.T. is an Employee Resource Group, whose mission is to provide value to the Oregon Department of Human Services by promoting an environment that attracts, hires, promotes and retains Black and African American Employees and partners to improve equitable outcomes for Black and African American communities

About BASE

BASE is a volunteer nonprofit community organization that provides events, community information-sharing, connection, support, and resources that work towards the well-being and advancement of Black people living in Southern Oregon.

Increased emergency SNAP benefits continue in June - 05/27/21

Need to know

(Salem) – Most Oregonians who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will receive emergency allotments in June. The federal government has approved emergency allotments every month since March 2020, to give SNAP recipients additional support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In June, approximately 521,000 SNAP households will receive $70 million in emergency allotments in addition to their regular SNAP benefits.

“We are grateful to have the opportunity to provide emergency benefits available to most SNAP households in Oregon,” said Dan Haun, director of the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Self-Sufficiency Program. “We also know that many Oregonians are still struggling to meet their basic needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we encourage them contact our partners at 211 and the Oregon Food Bank for support during this difficult time.”

Emergency allotments will be available on June 11 for current SNAP households. New SNAP households will receive the emergency allotments June 29 or July 2.

SNAP recipients do not have to take any action to receive these supplemental benefits as they will be issued directly on their EBT cards.

More information about emergency allotments is available at https://www.oregon.gov/dhs/ASSISTANCE/FOOD-BENEFITS/Pages/About-SNAP.aspx.

Questions about your SNAP benefits should be directed to local ODHS offices or by calling the ONE customer service center at 1-800-699-9075.

If you are a SNAP household and your income or the number of people in your household has changed that could impact your benefits. It is important to make sure we have the most up-to-date information.

You can report any changes to your income or household in many ways:

  • Online at: ONE.Oregon.gov
  • By mail at: ONE Customer Service Center, PO Box 14015, Salem, OR 97309
  • By fax at: 503-378-5628
  • By phone at: 1-800-699-9075 or TTY 711

Resources to help meet basic needs

Administered by ODHS, SNAP is a federal program that provides food assistance to approximately 1 million eligible, low-income families and individuals in Oregon, including many older adults and people with disabilities. Oregonians in need can apply for benefits, including SNAP, child care, cash assistance and Medicaid. Learn more at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-dhs-benefits. For local resources in your area, such as food or shelter, please call 2-1-1 or reach out to the state’s Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) at 1-855-ORE-ADRC or 1-855-673-2372.

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Statewide survey aims to improve services for LGBTQ+ older adults - 05/25/21

The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) wants to hear from adults age 55 and older who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, Two Spirit and non-binary as well as sexual or gender diverse (LGBTQ+) to determine if services that support health and well-being are meeting their needs.

To collect this feedback, the ODHS Office of Aging and People with Disabilities commissioned the first Oregon statewide survey of its kind. The confidential and anonymous survey is led by researcher Karen Fredriksen Goldsen, PhD, a national expert on aging in underserved communities at the University of Washington. It seeks detailed input from adults 55 and older and is designed to identify gaps in services, barriers to accessing programs as well as strengths within the state’s various LGBTQ+ communities. Information gathered will be used for planning, program development, community education and advocacy.

“Older adults represent an increasingly large share of the state’s population, but the services available haven’t yet overcome decades of disparities,” said Jane-ellen Weidanz, administrator of Long Term Services and Supports for the ODHS Office of Aging and People with Disabilities. “Hearing from Oregonians about their experiences will be enormously valuable.”    

The survey has widespread support from community organizations and LGBTQ+ advocates. The Governor’s Commission on Senior Services, the Oregon LGBTQ+ Aging Coalition and SAGE Metro Portland were instrumental in advocating for the project. Other community partners supporting the research include: Aging Well of Cascade AIDS Project, Alzheimer’s Association, AARP Oregon, EngAGE NW, HIV Alliance - Douglas County, Metropolitan Community Church of Portland, Oregon Home Care Commission, Pride Foundation, Quest Center for Integrative Health and Zami Nobla Oregon. 

“We want as many perspectives as possible across the diverse LGBTQ+ communities in Oregon so the survey results fully represented their varied needs and experiences,” said Karen Fredriksen Goldsen, PhD, professor and director of The Goldsen Institute  at the University of Washington. “With that information, Oregon will be well positioned to expand upon its rich history of developing services and options that are person-centered and responsive to existing needs.”

To learn more visit: Oregon LGBTQ+ Older Adult Survey.

UPDATE - Oregon Department of Human Services announces that Payton Brazell Smith has been found - 05/19/21

Salem, Ore.) – The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Child Welfare Division, is thankful for the community support to find Payton Brazell Smith.

Payton Brazell Smith, age 15, is a child in foster care who went missing from Portland on March 22, 2021. She was found May 19, 2021.

A small number of children in foster care may be in significant danger when they run away or have gone missing. As DHS works to do everything it can to find these missing children and ensure their safety, media alerts will be issued in some circumstances when it is determined necessary. Sometimes, in these situations, a child may go missing repeatedly, resulting in more than one media alert for the same child.

Report child abuse to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).  This toll-free number allows you to report abuse of any child or adult to the Oregon Department of Human Services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.

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Payton Brazell Smith
Payton Brazell Smith
UPDATE: Missing child alert -- Payton Brazell Smith is missing and believed to be in danger (Photo) - 05/18/21

UPDATE and CORRECTION: Additional information about the adults Payton Brazell Smith is suspected to be with has been included, including ages and the name of an additional adult she may be with. David Jacobsen’s name was spelled incorrectly in the previous version of this alert and has been corrected. A previous version of this release misspelled the name of David Jacobsen.

(Salem) – The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Child Welfare Division, asks the public to help find Payton Brazell Smith, age 15, a child in foster care who went missing from Portland on March 22, 2021. She is believed to be in danger.

ODHS asks the public for help in the effort to find her and to contact 911 or local law enforcement if they believe they see her.

Payton is suspected to be in the company of three adults named David Jacobsen, age 38, Tausha Hague, age 32, and Tyler Chase, age 22.

She may be at hotel or motel in the area near NE 97th Ave. and NE 102nd Ave. in Portland near the city’s border with Gresham. She is also known to frequent Goodwill stores in Portland and The Dalles.

Name: Payton Brazell Smith
Pronouns: She/her
Date of birth: Dec. 27, 2005
Height: 5-foot-6
Weight: 140 pounds
Eye color: Hazel/green
Hair: Brown, but frequently dyed purple, red or other colors
Other identifying information: Payton may be wearing nose rings, and has a tattoo on her right inner arm that says “Hati”
Portland Police Bureau Case #21-77486
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children #1416104

Anyone who suspects they have information about Payton’s location should call 911 or local law enforcement.

A small number of children in foster care may be in significant danger when they run away or have gone missing. As ODHS works to do everything it can to find these missing children and ensure their safety, media alerts will be issued in some circumstances when it is determined necessary. Sometimes, in these situations, a child may go missing repeatedly, resulting in more than one media alert for the same child.

Report child abuse to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).  This toll-free number allows you to report abuse of any child or adult to the Oregon Department of Human Services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.

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Attached Media Files: Payton Brazell Smith