2020

COVID-19: Staying Apart, Getting Together

Posted by on Apr 1, 2020 in 2020, Community, COVID-19, featured, Recreation, Resources | 0 comments

COVID-19: Staying Apart, Getting Together

You’re being good. You’re following the Governor’s Executive Order to stay home and save lives. You have checked out some amazing virtual tours and resources, and now all that is missing is . . . someone with whom to talk it over. Good news: video chatting is easier than ever before. Thanks in large part to the improvements in phone cameras, and a couple of new video chat applications, you can be face-to-face with a friend in no time. This article walks you through the pros and cons of Zoom versus Google Hangouts. Note that, if you already have a Gmail account, or use Google Calendar, then you already have a Google account. You can use that same log-in...

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Questions Corner: DD Services in the Time of COVID-19

Posted by on Mar 31, 2020 in 2020, 2020 changes, Case Management, Community information, COVID-19, featured, Resources, Support Services rules | 0 comments

Questions Corner: DD Services in the Time of COVID-19

If you are enrolled and receiving DD services, chances are you have felt the shift in those routines, along with everything else. You may be wondering what is allowed, in this new world, and how you can get your needs met. We’d like to help by sharing the information we have currently. Please note that, due to the incredibly fast rate of change in the pandemic situation, change in policy is happening quickly as well. It’s important that policy move quickly to keep up with changing needs. However, that pace of change means that what was true yesterday may not be true today. We hope you will have patience with your Personal Agents and providers as they...

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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 our connections intact. The good news is, there are more resources for entertainment and enrichment available online every day....

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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 comprehensive COVID-19 website pulling together all kinds of information to keep up with the changing reality. In addition to the latest...

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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 at Eastern Oregon Support Services Brokerage, and the Treasurer responsibilities for OSSA, and has spent the last two years...

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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 service are funded through a mix of Oregon state funds, and federal Medicaid match funds. You’ll see us advocate each year...

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