Engagement

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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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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The COVID-19 Impact on Oregon’s Budget

Posted by on May 15, 2020 in 2020, 2021 Legislative Session, Advocacy, Budget Cuts, Community, Community information, COVID-19, Engagement, featured, Leadership, Legislative Session | 0 comments

The COVID-19 Impact on Oregon’s Budget

We are all tired. Tired from worrying about how we’ll meet our needs without work or support. Tired from caring for our families and keeping them well and safe. Tired from adjusting, constantly, to our changing world. And the last thing we all want to talk about right now are budget reductions. That is true for our government officials, our state agency leadership, and each and every person attached to social services in Oregon. But, this is where we are–the Office of Developmental Disabilities, at the request of the Governor’s Office, has released a proposal of reduction options this week. So, let’s set our tired aside for a moment, and review the facts, and what to...

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Blueprint Project Has Designs On Improving Case Management

Posted by on Sep 23, 2019 in 2019 changes, 2021 Legislative Session, Blueprint Project, Case Management, Engagement, featured, Future of Brokerage Services, Service changes | 0 comments

Blueprint Project Has Designs On Improving Case Management

If you or someone you care about receives developmental disability services in Oregon, then they have a case manager through a Brokerage, a Community Developmental Disability Program, or the state of Oregon Department of Human Services. And, chances are, you have some thoughts on how we can improve the process of connecting people to resources, advocating for their needs, supporting their goals, and helping them to navigate the service system in support of a good life. The Oregon Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) has contracted with Health Management Associates (HMA) to make recommendations on how to improve Oregon’s case management for all people...

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