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Resource Round-Up! Staying Apart, Getting Away

Posted by on Mar 26, 2020 in 2020, COVID-19, featured, Resources | 0 comments

Resource Round-Up! Staying Apart, Getting Away

We in the Brokerage community will be sharing more information and ideas for how to support one another as the COVID-19 epidemic continues to change our shared landscape. It feels lonely right now, and frighteningly different. But the truth is, our future is shared, and we are all experiencing this together. We are making decisions that affect each other, and we are caring for one another by staying home, and taking care of ourselves. Thank you for joining the effort of the Oregon DD community to make it through this crisis stronger, and with...

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Where to Get Information About COVID-19 in Oregon

Posted by on Mar 25, 2020 in 2020, 2020 changes, Community information, COVID-19, featured | 0 comments

Where to Get Information About COVID-19 in Oregon

The world around us has turned, and we all find ourselves in a strange land of restriction and changed routines. We are all relearning the rules of daily life together, apart from one another. It is normal to feel anxious about how you will manage, and what will happen next. It can help to establish some trusted sources of information for updates and guidance, as we all find our way through to the other side. The Oregon Health Authority is Oregon’s Medicaid agency, and our link to the federal government. They have created a...

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Happy anniversary, OSSA! A note from our Executive Director, Katie Rose

Posted by on Dec 20, 2019 in Brokerage Basics, Brokerages, Executive Director, featured, Future of Brokerage Services, Leadership | 0 comments

Happy anniversary, OSSA! A note from our Executive Director, Katie Rose

Today, the Oregon Support Services Association celebrates its nine year anniversary of incorporation. The collection of 14 Support Service Brokerages created the association in 2010, 10 years after Brokerages were formed and began serving people with developmental disabilities and their families. Since our beginning, we have had the pleasure to get to know many thousands of people across the state, including the nearly 8,000 people currently in services. The increasing complexity of our agencies, as we’ve grown, and of Oregon’s...

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Leadership Changes at OSSA: Laura Noppenberger

Posted by on Nov 4, 2019 in 2020, Brokerages, featured, Future of Brokerage Services, History, Leadership, OSSA officers, Treasurer | 0 comments

Leadership Changes at OSSA: Laura Noppenberger

Our organization is welcoming new leadership for the first time in nearly five years. We’ll be posting a series of articles over the next couple of weeks to introduce our new officers. We invite you to follow along and get to know us a little bit better. Laura breaks the mold of this posting series, and that is nothing new for her. She has been serving OSSA as our Treasurer since 2017, when Bill Uhlman stepped down from his position as Director of Eastern Oregon Support Services Brokerage and with OSSA. Laura deftly took over both leadership...

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Leadership Changes at OSSA: Sarah Noack

Posted by on Oct 30, 2019 in 2019 changes, Brokerages, featured, Future of Brokerage Services, History, Leadership, OSSA officers, OSSA's Vision for Oregon, Positions, Uncategorized, Vice President | 0 comments

Leadership Changes at OSSA: Sarah Noack

Our organization is welcoming new leadership for the first time in nearly five years. We’ll be posting a series of articles over the next couple of weeks to introduce our new officers. We invite you to follow along and get to know us a little bit better. Calling Sarah Noack “new” does not seem right. Truly, all of our new faces in leadership have been a part of important moments in Brokerage history from our inception. Sarah has always been ready for more–more responsibility, more progress, more challenge, more growth. She...

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Oregon Needs Assessment: The Power of Diverse Supports

Posted by on Oct 28, 2019 in 2020, 2020 changes, Assessment, Brokerages, Case Management, featured, Needs Assessment, ONA, Oregon Needs Assessment, Planning, Service changes | 0 comments

Oregon Needs Assessment: The Power of Diverse Supports

Change can be scary. As we have talked about previously, the new Oregon Needs Assessment (ONA) will result in changes to personal resource allocations sometime in the next year or two. Our lives aren’t always predictable, and when our supports aren’t either, it can be difficult. We will always advocate for stable, secure DD service funding to improve the lives of Oregonians with developmental disabilities. But what else can we do to combat the ups and downs of public funding levels? Let’s talk more about that. Your paid...

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Leadership Changes at OSSA: Jennifer Santiago

Posted by on Oct 21, 2019 in 2019 changes, Brokerages, featured, Future of Brokerage Services, History, Leadership, OSSA officers, OSSA's Vision for Oregon, Positions, PResident, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Leadership Changes at OSSA: Jennifer Santiago

Our organization is welcoming new leadership for the first time in nearly five years. We’ll be posting a series of articles over the next couple of weeks to introduce our new officers. We invite you to follow along and get to know us a little bit better. In August, the Oregon Support Services Association elected Jennifer Santiago as our new President. Jennifer may be new to the position, but she is not new to the field, or to the Brokerage community. She has been bringing her thoughtful contributions based on lived experience, shrewd insight,...

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Leadership Changes at OSSA: Larry Deal

Posted by on Oct 17, 2019 in 2015 changes, 2019 changes, Brokerages, Communications Officer, featured, History, Leadership, OSSA officers, OSSA's Vision for Oregon | 0 comments

Leadership Changes at OSSA: Larry Deal

Our organization is welcoming new leadership for the first time in nearly five years. We’ll be posting a series of articles over the next couple of weeks to introduce our new officers. We invite you to follow along and get to know us a little bit better. The association of the 14 Brokerages (Oregon Support Services Association) formed back in 2010, as a way to work together to achieve our common goals. Since 2015, Larry Deal has served OSSA as its President, offering wise counsel and thoughtful planning to the association as we have...

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Check-In: The Oregon Needs Assessment and Service Hours

Posted by on Oct 14, 2019 in 2020, 2020 changes, Advocacy, Assessment, featured, History, Needs Assessment, ONA, Oregon Needs Assessment, Planning, Service changes | 0 comments

Check-In: The Oregon Needs Assessment and Service Hours

As you have heard from us before, the Oregon Needs Assessment (ONA) is currently being rolled out across the service system. By now, you should have received an ONA assessment from one of the new ONA Assessors located in case management agencies across Oregon. As a part of that process, you were probably told that the assessment is not yet tied to the allocation of services, which still happens through other means. But, when will that change, and what will the impact be on your services? Read on for an update on everything we know, to date....

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Blueprint Project Has Designs On Improving Case Management

Posted by on Sep 23, 2019 in 2019 changes, 2021 Legislative Session, Blueprint Project, Case Management, Engagement, featured, Future of Brokerage Services, Service changes | 0 comments

Blueprint Project Has Designs On Improving Case Management

If you or someone you care about receives developmental disability services in Oregon, then they have a case manager through a Brokerage, a Community Developmental Disability Program, or the state of Oregon Department of Human Services. And, chances are, you have some thoughts on how we can improve the process of connecting people to resources, advocating for their needs, supporting their goals, and helping them to navigate the service system in support of a good life. The Oregon Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) has...

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