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End of 2021 Legislative Session Recap Pt 2: Bills

Posted by on Jul 1, 2021 in 2021, 2021 Legislative Session, Advocacy, Engagement, featured, House Bills, Human Services, Legislative Session, Senate Bills | 0 comments

End of 2021 Legislative Session Recap Pt 2: Bills

The 2021 full Oregon Legislative Session came to an end right on schedule this past weekend, after a session full of twists, turns, and historic investments in the IDD system. As you may recall, this legislative session was the first in Oregon’s history to be conducted remotely, with no public access to the Capitol Building in Salem. Remote legislative work will continue beyond pandemic restrictions, due to Capitol Building construction currently underway. This is part of a long-term project to realize a collective vision of a revamped...

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End of 2021 Legislative Session Recap Pt 1: Budget

Posted by on Jun 30, 2021 in 2021, 2021 Legislative Session, Advocacy, Case Management, Engagement, featured, Human Services, Human Services Budget, Legislative Session | 0 comments

End of 2021 Legislative Session Recap Pt 1: Budget

The 2021 full Legislative session came to an end right on schedule this past weekend, after a session full of twists, turns, and historic investments in the intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) system. As you may recall, this legislative session was the first in Oregon’s history to be conducted remotely, with no public access to the Capitol Building in Salem. Our experience as advocates was certainly different than in typical sessions. Our access to the process and insight into the behind-the-scenes work of session was...

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Coming Soon: Mentor Brokerage Transition

Posted by on Jun 24, 2021 in 2021, 2021 Changes, Brokerages, Case Management, Community, Community information, featured, Future of Brokerage Services, History, News | 0 comments

Coming Soon: Mentor Brokerage Transition

A transition is coming to Brokerage services in the Portland and Mid-Valley areas. The Mentor Network will no longer provide services in Oregon after August 31st, 2021. Unexpected change can be unsettling, but there is a plan underway to maintain support without interruption to people currently using Mentor Brokerage services. We are pleased and fortunate to have established Brokerage organizations that are willing to come together to ensure that these services continue and that people get what they need. We know you have questions, and we...

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2021 Legislative Session Halfway Point: Advocacy Tools to Raise Your Voice

Posted by on Apr 23, 2021 in 2021, 2021 Legislative Session, Advocacy, Community information, Engagement, featured, Legislative Session, Resources | 0 comments

2021 Legislative Session Halfway Point: Advocacy Tools to Raise Your Voice

Here at the mid-point of the 2021 Oregon Legislative Session, we take the chance to reflect on this unusual year of virtual hearings and Zoom meetings, and the progress we have made thus far. Many of the nearly 2,500 bills introduced this session have died, meaning that they will not move forward this session to become law. The work of creating and approving the state budget for the next two years, a major item on the session to-do list, is moving into high gear. There is still a lot of advocacy left to do to share your perspective and...

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New Tools and Guidance On Remote Legislative Engagement from OLIS

Posted by on Jan 11, 2021 in 2021, 2021 Legislative Session, Advocacy, Community, Community information, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Engagement, featured, News | 0 comments

New Tools and Guidance On Remote Legislative Engagement from OLIS

January 11th, 2021 marks the first official day of the 2021 Oregon Legislative Session. Though bills are being released for review and other familiar processes are moving forward, this is not business-as-usual. The 2021 Session will take place in a mostly virtual fashion–there will be little human presence in the state capitol building, and legislative activities from committee hearings to lobbying will take place remotely. The Oregon Legislative Information System (OLIS) has long been an excellent resource to find out what’s...

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What You Need To Know Now That People 16+ with IDD, Their Families, and Support Workers Are Eligible For the COVID Vaccine

Posted by on Jan 7, 2021 in 2021, Advocacy, Community, Community information, Coronavirus, COVID-19, featured, News, Pandemic, Resources, Uncategorized, Vaccine | 0 comments

What You Need To Know Now That People 16+ with IDD, Their Families, and Support Workers Are Eligible For the COVID Vaccine

People with Developmental Disabilities, their families, and all direct support workers (PSWs, DSPs, and unpaid supports) are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine! COVID vaccines have been tested and proven effective and are arriving now in Oregon. We all have questions about how vaccines will get to all the people who need them. We gathered some information to share about the unfolding COVID-19 vaccination process. Our goal is to provide people with the most accurate information so that they can be healthy, safe and informed about the...

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An Introduction to the COVID-19 Vaccine

Posted by on Dec 7, 2020 in Community, Community information, Coronavirus, COVID-19, featured, Oregon Health Authority, Pandemic, Uncategorized, Vaccine | 0 comments

An Introduction to the COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 rages on in Oregon and across the nation. We are all tired of being careful, having to think and rethink every basic routine. Adapting to new realities and understanding of how we stand to contract and spread this disease. Please, give yourself a pat on the back for how compliant and diligent you have been. But keep in mind that our risk of overrunning our hospitals, killing our front-line medical workers, and harming the people we love is as high as it has ever been. The same protective measures we are all so familiar with are still...

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Testing, Vaccines, and Risk Levels: The Latest on COVID-19 In Oregon

Posted by on Dec 4, 2020 in 2020, Community, Community information, Coronavirus, COVID-19, featured, News, Oregon Health Authority, Pandemic, Resources, Vaccine | 0 comments

Testing, Vaccines, and Risk Levels: The Latest on COVID-19 In Oregon

Winter is fast approaching, and we find ourselves in the middle of a very nasty spike in COVID-19 infection, statewide. This poses a deadly risk to every Oregonian–but not all risk is equal. Since the beginning of the pandemic, our state leadership and public health officials have been working to adapt our guidance to incorporate new information and understanding of how this disease spreads. With this spike, the Governor and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) have created new guidance that takes into consideration the risk levels present in...

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Q&A with OHA: Oregon’s Public Health Conversation

Posted by on Jul 17, 2020 in 2020, Community, Community information, COVID-19, featured, Oregon Health Authority | 0 comments

Q&A with OHA: Oregon’s Public Health Conversation

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has been spearheading dozens of efforts to quell the COVID-19 pandemic–massive data collection, testing expansion, policy changes, guidance development, standing up the field of contact tracing, research into emerging medical evidence from here and around the world, and so much more. In addition to that work, they have created regular ways to communicate this work with various communities in Oregon. As part of the community service array in Oregon, OSSA has been joining the weekly Community Partner...

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Finding the Path Forward

Posted by on May 27, 2020 in 2020, Community, Community information, COVID-19, featured, Leadership | 0 comments

Finding the Path Forward

Our society is currently consumed with finding a way back to “normal” after months of staying home. But what of the other part of that line–staying safe? We have succeeded in “flattening the curve” here in Oregon, meaning that we have slowed this disease from tearing through our population at the deadly pace at which it began. But we have done so at great cost, through the extraordinary measures of closing down businesses, schools, recreation, and non-essential medical care. How do we keep from undoing all of our...

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