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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. If you qualify for Developmental Disabilities Services, there was likely a time in which you heard about services that might be...

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2019 Legislative Session Ends

Posted by on Jul 2, 2019 in 2019 Legislative Session, 2019-2021 biennium, Advocacy, featured, Future of Brokerage Services, Legislative Session, SB 274 | 0 comments

2019 Legislative Session Ends

The 2019 Oregon Legislative formally adjourned yesterday, in what is called Sine Die. As many have probably followed in the news, the Republican Senators who walked out of session for several days in June returned to work this weekend. Though the environment was rife with unresolved conflict, both chambers put their heads down and passed the agency budget bills and a select few others. SB 274, which would have opened case management services through a Brokerage as an option for people age 14-17, was not on the “select few” list. SB 274 received unanimous support from the policy committee it worked through, and broad support from the Ways and Means committees to which it...

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2019 Legislative Session Budget Outlook

Posted by on May 28, 2019 in 2019 Legislative Session, 2019-2021 biennium, Advocacy, Engagement, Executive Director, featured, Legislative Session, Needs Assessment, ONA, Oregon Needs Assessment | 0 comments

2019 Legislative Session Budget Outlook

Every two years, Oregon’s legislature passes a state budget to cover costs for the coming biennium. The legislative session is five months long, but budgetary decisions are some of the most complex and difficult that the legislature must make, and they generally don’t get settled until the tail end of session. The 2019 session is no different; budget decisions, including those for human services, are currently being weighed and deliberated. The Oregon Support Services Association is a member of the Oregon Developmental Disabilities Coalition. The Oregon DD Coalition is a collection of people and organizations from all over the Oregon DD community who come...

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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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