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Public notice and request for comment on 1915 (c) #0117, #0375, #40193, #40194, and #0565 waiver amendments. - 09/06/19

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

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, # 40193 Medically Fragile Waiver, #40194 Behavioral Waiver, and # 0565 Medically Involved Waiver amendments -
    • Update language in the waiver to align with the implementation of the Centralized Abuse Management (CAM) System.


  • #0117 Children’s Waiver amendment –
    • Add Host Homes as a CMS-approved Home and Community Based setting.
    • Update language in the waiver to align with the implementation of the Centralized Abuse Management (CAM) System.

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 Oct. 7, 2019. Mail responses must be received by this date in order to be considered.

Public comment sought on Vocational Rehabilitation changes to rules - 09/03/19

Note to editors: Public hearings will be held in Bend, Eugene, Medford, Milwaukie and Salem. People may also submit comments or participate remotely.

(Salem, Ore.) – The Vocational Rehabilitation program is seeking public comment on changes to its administrative rules. The public may testify at public hearings or submit written comments from Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 through Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019.

Vocational Rehabilitation seeks input on the proposed changes to Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 582 Divisions 1, 72, 100, 115, and 190. All input will be reviewed, and the proposed rules may be modified as a result

The proposed rules will be posted at https://go.usa.gov/xVjDk September 3, 2019.

Vocational Rehabilitation is updating OAR 582 to align with requirements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), enacted July 22, 2014 (Public Law No. 113-128). The rules match definitions and requirements in the Rehabilitation Act, as amended, and clarify processes for vocational rehabilitation service.

How to comment or provide testimony:

Email: Email your comments to: .Policy@state.or.us">VR.Policy@state.or.us

Mail: Send written testimony to:
Department of Human Services, Vocational Rehabilitation
Robin Brandt, Policy Analyst
500 Summer Street NE, E-87 Salem, Oregon 97310-1018

In person: Attend the public hearing listed below.

By phone: During the hearing, dial in as indicated for each meeting.

The hearings will end when comments conclude. Please arrive before the meeting to sign up to provide testimony.

The public hearings:

Monday, September 16, 2019
Time:          3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Location:    Human Service Building – Room 160
500 Summer Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301
Dial in:        +1 (503) 934-1400, Access code: 9687949#

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Time:           2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Location:    WorkSource Bend
Mirror Pond Conference Room
1645 NE Forbes Rd, Suite 100
Bend, OR 97701
Dial in:        +1 (503) 934-1400, Access code: 810727#

Friday, September 20, 2019
Time:           1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Location:    Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation
Milwaukie-International-Conference Room
4382 SE International Way, Ste B
Milwaukie OR 97222
Dial in:        +1 (503) 934-1400, Access code: 2807972#

Thursday, September 26, 2019
Time:           3 to 4 p.m.
Location:    Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation
Medford Vocational Rehabilitation office
28 West 6th Street
Medford, Oregon 97501
Dial in:        +1 (503) 934-1400, Access code: 68813340#

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Time:           1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Location:    Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation
VR Conference Room
DHS Mackenzie Center
2885 Chad Drive
Eugene OR 97408
Dial in:        +1 (503) 934-1400, Access code: 6847899#

Please arrive early to sign in to testify. The hearing will be closed when comments are concluded.

A visual recording will be made to document the hearing.

Accommodation: Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication should make a request as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event by contacting Robin Brandt at (503-945-5857) or email VR.Policy@state.or.us.

About Vocational Rehabilitation: DHS Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) assists individuals with disabilities to get and keep a job that matches their skills, interests and abilities. VR staff work in partnership with the community and businesses to provide services that are individualized to help each eligible person receive services that are essential to their employment success


Oregon Home Care Commission to meet Sept. 5 in Salem - 09/03/19

(Salem, Ore.) — The Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC) will meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at 550 Capitol St. NE in Salem. The commission meets the first Thursday of every month and its meetings are open to the public.

The agenda includes public testimony and updates from the Governor’s Commission on Senior Services; Oregon Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities; the Aging and People with Disabilities program; the Office of Developmental Disabilities Service (quarterly report out); and, from staff on the budget and Senate Bill 1534. In addition, there will be reports from the Developmental Disabilities/Mental Health Committee, the Traditional Health Worker Commission and Training/Registry. Finally, the meeting will include a working lunch and a question and answer session.

Those who are unable to attend in person may call in to the meeting at 503-934-1400 with conference code 80124340#. The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Nancy Sodeman at 503-373-1078. Or, contact her by email at nancy.d.sodeman@dhsoha.state.or.us.

About the Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC)

OHCC ensures high quality homecare services for seniors and people experiencing 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. To learn more about OHCC visit the commission's website, https://www.oregon.gov/dhs/seniors-disabilities/hcc/Pages/index.aspx, and Facebook page, www.facebook.com/OregonHomeCareCommission.