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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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Nothing Endures But Change

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in 2016 Changes, Advocacy, History, OSSA's Vision for Oregon, Positions | 0 comments

Nothing Endures But Change

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. The entire system still struggles to find equilibrium in the wake of such wholesale change. Equity in service allocations, rates of pay, and time spent on face-to-face services vs. paperwork has been disrupted due to choices made during the implementation of these policies. Today, we believe that more change is necessary if Oregon is to regain a functional,...

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Vision, January 2016: A Second Look at the Future of IDD Services in Oregon

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in 2016 Changes, Advocacy, History, OSSA's Vision for Oregon, Positions | 0 comments

Vision, January 2016: A Second Look at the Future of IDD Services in Oregon

Nearly one year ago, the Oregon Support Services Association shared our February 2015 Vision for the Future of Disability Services in Oregon. It was meant to be a comprehensive look at what we want for our service system, with ideas about how we might get there. While the ultimate vision hasn’t changed substantially, the ideas for how we get there have been refined to fit a January 2016 understanding of the world. Click here to view the OSSA Vision For the Future of Disability Services in Oregon, January 2016. As OSSA President Larry Deal and I reviewed our vision one year in, we were both struck by how much the IDD field has learned over the past 12 months. We...

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This Week, Oregon Brokerage Association Celebrates Five Years

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in History | 0 comments

This Week, Oregon Brokerage Association Celebrates Five Years

This weekend, the Oregon Support Services Association celebrates its 5 year anniversary! We formed the association in 2010 just as Oregon brokerages were about to celebrate a decade of services to the Intellectual and Developmental Disability (I/DD) community. The past five years have been filled with successes, challenges, and more twists and turns than anyone could have predicted. As many of you know, today’s terrain is significantly different. I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the work of OSSA’s Executive Director, Katie Rose. Katie has been on the job for just about a year now and having her as a full-time leader has made a huge impact for brokerage...

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A Diversity of Services Requires A Diversity of Providers

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in 2015 changes, Advocacy, History | 0 comments

A Diversity of Services Requires A Diversity of Providers

Community-based services are different.  In 2001, Oregon made a deep investment in community supports when it began to develop Support Services Brokerages.  This style of service, which seeks to serve people where and how they wish to live, is very different from the institutional settings of the past.  People make different choices when you let them, they express different needs than you might have anticipated–they surprise you.  Oregon found that community-based services demanded a wider diversity of providers.  People inviting workers into their homes expected different things from those providers: willingness to take direction directly from the individual as...

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Choosing Between Vital Parts is a Losing Proposition for I/DD

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Advocacy, Budget Cuts, History, OSSA's Vision for Oregon, Positions | 0 comments

Choosing Between Vital Parts is a Losing Proposition for I/DD

When it comes to full lives for Oregonians with intellectual and developmental disabilities, we want it all.  As a member of the Oregon I/DD Coalition, OSSA helped to identify four top priorities for the 2015 legislative budgeting session.  These four priorities, together, represent a pathway to richer lives for Oregonians with I/DD.  The four priorities are: DSP Wages: Raise the wage for Direct Support Professionals. Brokerage and CDDP Workload Model Budget:  Fund workload model at proposed 95% equity for CDDPs and Brokerages. Fairview Trust:  Keep the promise of community housing opportunities for people with IDD and restore the Fairview Trust. Employment: Continue...

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