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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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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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5 Myths About Brokerages Services

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Brokerage 101, Brokerage Basics, featured, Support Services rules | 0 comments

5 Myths About Brokerages Services

Information can be hard to come by sometimes in the IDD service system. We’ve heard these five myths thrown around like facts over the years, and we’re here to set the record straight. 1. MYTH: Brokerage services are only for people who don’t need much help. FACT: Brokerages serve people with all levels of support needs, from those who are more independent to people who need frequent assistance. Support Services are meant to keep people out of Medicaid-funded residential placements and in their own or their family homes for as long as possible by supplementing the help they already receive with paid supports. This combination of family/community help...

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