Posts by Oregon Support Services Association

Senate Bill 274 Opens Brokerage Services to People 14 and Up

Posted by on May 24, 2019 in 2019 Legislative Session, Advocacy, Engagement, featured, Future of Brokerage Services, SB 274, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Senate Bill 274 Opens Brokerage Services to People 14 and Up

With the end set for June 20, the 2019 Oregon Legislative Session is in its final month. Oregon Support Services Association has been actively engaged in advocacy since the session’s January 22 start. Legislators come to public service with a variety of backgrounds and interests, and the Brokerage association works hard to enrich their understanding of services for people with developmental disabilities. This session has been different for us–we brought forward a legislative concept that was introduced by chief sponsor Senator James Manning Jr.  (North Eugene, West Eugene, Santa Clara, and Junction City), and co-sponsored by Representative Rob Nosse (Portland),...

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Check-In: Oregon Needs Assessment

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in 2019 changes, Advocacy, Engagement, featured, Needs Assessment, ONA, Oregon Needs Assessment, Service changes | 0 comments

Check-In: Oregon Needs Assessment

If you or someone you care about receives DD services in Oregon, chances are that you have or will receive an Oregon Needs Assessment (ONA) before the end of June 2019. And maybe that has left you wondering, what was that about, and will it affect my services? Hopefully you feel comfortable asking your Personal Agent any person-specific questions you might have, but let’s talk a little about the general ONA project, and OSSA’s advocacy on the subject. A Re-Cap of the Oregon Needs Assessment Project  The Oregon Needs Assessment is a series of questions about a person’s needs and abilities. It will replace several older tools used to assess and verify...

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Want a Better Planning Experience? Share Your Thoughts!

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in 2019 changes, Advocacy, ISP, Planning | 0 comments

Want a Better Planning Experience? Share Your Thoughts!

Oregon services for people with Developmental Disabilities have changed a lot over the past several years. As is usually true, there have been some improvements, and some losses. The Office of Developmental Disabilities (ODDS), along with many stakeholders, is poised to begin work on improving the current service planning process, including ISPs, assessments, and the other important planning components. In order to make things better for you, we need to know more about your individual experiences. The Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities has put together a survey to find out more about what is working for you, and what is not. As the Council’s survey...

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EVV Is Coming to Oregon: Here Is What You Need to Know

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in 2018 Changes, Advocacy, eXPRS, featured, Provider Payment | 0 comments

EVV Is Coming to Oregon: Here Is What You Need to Know

Electronic Visit Verification is coming to Oregon, and it will change the way that 10,000 Personal Support Workers and as many Direct Support Professionals start and end their work shifts for attendant-care services in a person’s home.   What Is EVV? The 21st Century CURES Act was adopted by the federal government in 2016 to reduce Medicaid fraud. Because this is a federal bill, every state is now working to meet the January 2019 deadline to implement Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) for in-home attendant care services. In order to meet the federal standards, Oregon’s EVV system will have to capture the following points of information for each and...

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Reduction List: Case Management Matters

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in 2017, 2017 Legislative Session, 2017-2019 Biennium, Advocacy, Budget Cuts, Legislative Session | 0 comments

Reduction List: Case Management Matters

The second half of June has arrived, and with it, the legislative session’s crunch time. Budget negotiations turn to budget deals, and our elected officials make hard decisions. As you will recall, Oregon’s Joint Ways and Means Committee Co-Chairs released a Targeted Reduction List at the end of April, which outlined a more detailed proposal for reducing costs to the 2017-2019 budget. Our legislative leaders have been warning us for months now that, without new sources of revenue, there will be cuts. The Targeted Reduction List proposes to reduce funding to case management for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To understand why that...

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