Posts made in July, 2011

Approximately 800 People Set to Lose Brokerage Services OCT 1

Posted by on Jul 26, 2011 in Budget Cuts | 5 comments

As a result of budget cuts during the 2011/2013 session, the State of Oregon Department of Human Services has instructed support services brokerages statewide to exit customers without Medicaid from brokerage services on October 1st. Statewide, it is estimated that 800 people will lose services. If you aren’t on Medicaid and you need help applying, call your Personal Agent at your brokerage as soon as possible. How does eliminating services for people without Medicaid/OHP save the state money? The state currently provides services for customers who are not Medicaid eligible solely from the state general fund budget.  When a customer in services becomes eligible for...

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Celebrating Ten Years of Support Services

Posted by on Jul 18, 2011 in History, House Bill 2600 | 0 comments

Hard to believe, but this summer marks ten years of support services in the state of Oregon. Thanks to House Bill 2600, these services are now in Oregon statute. HISTORY: In January 2000, five individuals with developmental disabilities and their families filed a lawsuit against the state of Oregon.They claimed they were unfairly being denied access to services they were entitled to receive. Staley v. Kitzhaber became a class action representing over 3,000 Oregonians with developmental disabilities. A settlement was reached in September 2000 and the Oregon Legislature made available $37 million general fund dollars for the first biennium of funding. Implementation of...

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