2013 Changes

Why Vision Matters

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in 2013 Changes, 2016 Changes, Advocacy, History, OSSA's Vision for Oregon, Positions | 0 comments

Why Vision Matters

We have talked a lot about the series of policy changes back in late 2013 that resulted in the statewide Community First Choice K Plan, in consolidating services and payment into the eXPRS Plan of Care, and the rise of the Adult Needs Assessment as a primary point of departure for service planning and funding. Today, we believe that more change is necessary if Oregon is to regain a functional, sustainable structure for IDD services. In our last post, we talked about the series of changes that reshaped the landscape for intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) services in Oregon. From the summer of 2013 until the close of 2015, we were taking on new processes, new...

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Oregon I/DD Advocates Testify to Senate Committee on eXPRS State Payment System Implementation Concerns

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in 2013 Changes, 2014 changes, eXPRS, Provider Payment | 0 comments

On Tuesday, Oregon Support Services Association’s Executive Director Katie Rose testified to a Senate committee regarding the state’s roll out and implementation of its payment system, eXPRS. Additional testimony was provided by Margaret Theisen (CEO of the state’s largest brokerage Full Access), Chris Burnett (Executive Director of Oregon Rehabilitation Association,) Gary Zenzen and Chris Schwartz (from provider organization Partnerships in Community Living,) Lilia Teninty (Director of Oregon’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Program,) and Don Erickson (Chief Operating Officer for Oregon’s Aging, Disability, and Developmental...

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State Delays eXPRS Implementation and Employment Rate Changes to Fall 2014

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in 2013 Changes, 2014 changes, Advocacy, Provider Payment | 8 comments

Late Friday afternoon (05.30.2014), Interim DD Director Trisha Baxter released the following statement to the I/DD community: “As you are aware we have many priorities that we are focusing on, all with a July 1 implementation date. We have heard from many of you that these converging priorities are causing angst, stress and strain on you, and on the system. We, as well, are discovering the complexities of handling so many moving parts all at once.  As such, based upon feedback from many of you and weighing our internal priorities and commitments with SEIU, CMS and others, we have come up with the following strategy to delay portions of the work and to stage...

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State Looks to Reduced Rates for Supported Employment and Day Program Providers; Community Responds

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in 2013 Changes, 2014 changes, Advocacy, Provider Payment | 0 comments

State Looks to Reduced Rates for Supported Employment and Day Program Providers; Community Responds

On May 9, 2014, during a monthly meeting with brokerage directors, ODDS staff shared potential rate decreases to providers of Supported Employment and Day Habilitation (ATE programs). The proposed reduction would occur across the comprehensive and brokerage systems and go live as early as July 1st, 2014.  Last week, the Oregon Support Services Association, the Oregon I/DD Coalition, the Oregon Rehabilitation Association and the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities each submitted letters to state leadership asking the state to reconsider any rate reductions. We all await responses and will update you once we have additional information on the direction the state...

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An Interview with Brokerage Association Leader Kathryn Weit (Part One)

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in 2013 Changes, 2014 changes, Advocacy, History | 0 comments

By Larry Deal Executive Director, Independence Northwest Communications Director, Oregon Support Services Association I recently sat down with newly-appointed Oregon Support Services Association Executive Director Kathryn Weit to discuss her history, her thoughts on the brokerage system, the implementation of the K Plan, and where she sees brokerage services headed. Kathryn has been a hugely influential player in services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities both in the northwest and nationally. She played an integral role in the development of brokerage services in Oregon and brokerages statewide could not be more pleased that she’s signed on to...

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OSSA Advocacy and Educational Statement on Systemic Changes

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in 2013 Changes, 2014 changes, Advocacy | 0 comments

Read OSSA’s advocacy and education document related to current systemic changes...

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