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Back to the Future

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Back to the Future

Let’s get one thing straight up front: this isn’t new.  Not at all.  In fact, this has been around for years.  In Oregon, we started to dream this dream fifteen years ago and more.  Support Services Brokerages started here.  Take a moment to read this treatise/article/manifesto/guide by Ellen Cummings, a national consultant on Self-determination.  What jumps out at you?  Do you see Oregon’s past reflected in these descriptions?  Do you see Oregon’s future?  Ellen begins by speaking to archaic systems that have yet to see change in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities services: “There are many in current unchanged...

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The Time for Advocacy is Now!

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Advocacy, Budget Cuts, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Distressing news out of the capitol: lawmakers may be looking to cut $140 million from human services in order to fund a budget “hole.”  The question is, what does a $140 million cut to human services look like?  Though plan hours are not likely to be cut, vulnerable areas include provider pay rates and Brokerage funding for Personal Agents.  Brokerage Personal Agents and direct support providers have worked to implement dozens of system changes over the past two years.  With these changes has come a lot of additional workload and responsibilities, which is already cutting into the bottom line: time spent with Brokerage customers.  Any reduction in funding is going to...

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Brokerage Association Announces Leadership Changes in 2015

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

In the spirit of the new year, the Oregon Support Services Association announces two changes in leadership.  Larry Deal, Executive Director of Independence Northwest brokerage, has assumed the role of OSSA President. He follows in the footsteps of Margaret Theisen, whose tenure spanned the birth of the brokerage association and four incredible years of unprecedented growth and change.   We are deeply indebted and grateful to Margaret for her influential and principled leadership. Margaret passed the torch to Larry after the association’s Board of Directors meeting in December.  Larry brings with him 13 years experience in Oregon’s Support Services system,...

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eXPRS Trainings for Personal Support Workers Scheduled in Portland Metro and Mid-Valley Areas

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

In January 2015, the Oregon Department of Human Services is putting on a series of trainings on their electronic billing system eXPRS. The trainings are specifically geared toward Personal Support Workers. You may attend a training at any of the sites below, whether you serve individuals at the particular brokerage or county. Be sure to RSVP by emailing ODDS.training@state.or.us. Please note: RSVP-ing in the comments section below does not guarantee you a space at one of the trainings. Please email ODDS.training@state.or.us to reserve your spot....

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Today: Brokerage Association Director, State DD Director and Provider Organization Director Talk I/DD System Changes on OPB’s Think Out Loud

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Tune in today at noon on Oregon Public Broadcasting- OPB‘s Think Out Loud. Listen in as brokerage association Executive Director Kathryn Weit, ODDS Director Lilia Teninty and provider organization director Shanya Luther discuss changes to Oregon’s intellectual and developmental disability services. From OPB: Oregon’s system for delivering home and community-based services to seniors and people with disabilities is in the process of being completely overhauled. The state has said that the new system will increase the amount of funding provided by Medicaid for disability-related services and give individuals more choices in how and where services are provided....

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An Update on Systems Vision and Direction from Brokerage Association President Margaret Theisen

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

On Monday, November 10, 2014, Kathryn Weit, OSSA Executive Director and I participated in a vision and values discussion organized by the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services and the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities. Later in the day I stopped on the way home for groceries and when asked how my day was by the clerk, I said my day was excellent.  I can’t recall the last time I said that about work!  I surprised myself with that comment. We spent an entire day discussing and refining the language for the values and vision statements that will be used to guide the system that provides services to people with Intellectual / Developmental Disabilities....

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