2021

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 Capitol, known as the Oregon State Capitol Master Plan. This includes work to “upgrade the seismic strength of the building,...

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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 harder to come by without a physical presence there. Nevertheless, legislators, their staff, lobbyists, advocates, and community...

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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 have collected answers to some of the most pressing below. A little background: The Oregon Support Services Association is made up...

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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 priorities with legislators as they make decisions about how to spend money over the coming biennium. Let’s talk about what is...

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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 going on in Oregon’s legislative process. For example, you can view a calendar of events on the pgage, and access each...

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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 process. The COVID-19 Vaccines are here and Oregon gets more doses each day. Oregon has a plan that says who can get the COVID-19...

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