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Compass! Blueprint! Change Is In the Air

Posted by on Mar 16, 2022 in 2022 Changes, Advocacy, Assessment, Blueprint, Blueprint Project, Brokerages, Case Management, Compass Project, featured, Future of Brokerage Services, History, ISP, K Plan, Needs Assessment, ONA, Oregon Needs Assessment | 0 comments

Compass! Blueprint! Change Is In the Air

A lot of work is underway at the Oregon Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS). Either you have heard about it, or you are going to start hearing about it soon. Changes are coming to processes, forms, service rates, case management, ISPs, and so much more. In order to understand all of this change, we need to revisit some recent history and follow the path to where we currently stand. Hop into the time machine and head back to July 2013, when the K Plan came to Oregon. Caps on in-home service budgets were lifted, children became eligible for in-home services, service eligibility and allocations became tied to a needs assessments, and Oregon’s IDD...

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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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Social and Emotional Wellness While Staying Home

Posted by on Apr 28, 2020 in 2020, Case Management, Community, Community information, COVID-19, featured, History, Resources | 0 comments

Social and Emotional Wellness While Staying Home

Oregonians all across the state have worked hard to keep up with the changing rules and realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. It asks of us a near-constant recalculation that is exhausting: is it okay for me to engage in this action? How can I get this need met safely? Am I doing everything I can do for the people who matter to me? What can I do now to prepare for what’s next? Our logical brains are overloaded, and our emotions are all over the place, as we grieve habits and people lost to us, and worry about the world around us. How do we maintain our emotional and mental wellness, in this time and place? It starts with introspection. To know what you need to do to...

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COVID-19 and Oregon’s Brokerage Community

Posted by on Apr 21, 2020 in 2020, Advocacy, Case Management, Community, Community information, COVID-19, featured, History, Leadership | 0 comments

COVID-19 and Oregon’s Brokerage Community

Oregonians are all working incredibly hard to keep up with the changing rules and realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. For our social service entities, this has meant delaying long-term projects and other critical work in order to pick up the work of sharing goods, resources, and information with their communities. Health and safety in the time of COVID-19 is an ever-changing effort. It requires an immense amount of extra work, communication, and personal connection with people, even as in-person contact is limited. To hear a problem and figure out how to address it is at the core of what we do. We solve it through listening, identifying resources, and tapping anyone and...

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Leadership Changes at OSSA: Laura Noppenberger

Posted by on Nov 4, 2019 in 2020, Brokerages, featured, Future of Brokerage Services, History, Leadership, OSSA officers, Treasurer | 0 comments

Leadership Changes at OSSA: Laura Noppenberger

Our organization is welcoming new leadership for the first time in nearly five years. We’ll be posting a series of articles over the next couple of weeks to introduce our new officers. We invite you to follow along and get to know us a little bit better. Laura breaks the mold of this posting series, and that is nothing new for her. She has been serving OSSA as our Treasurer since 2017, when Bill Uhlman stepped down from his position as Director of Eastern Oregon Support Services Brokerage and with OSSA. Laura deftly took over both leadership at Eastern Oregon Support Services Brokerage, and the Treasurer responsibilities for OSSA, and has spent the last two years...

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Leadership Changes at OSSA: Sarah Noack

Posted by on Oct 30, 2019 in 2019 changes, Brokerages, featured, Future of Brokerage Services, History, Leadership, OSSA officers, OSSA's Vision for Oregon, Positions, Uncategorized, Vice President | 0 comments

Leadership Changes at OSSA: Sarah Noack

Our organization is welcoming new leadership for the first time in nearly five years. We’ll be posting a series of articles over the next couple of weeks to introduce our new officers. We invite you to follow along and get to know us a little bit better. Calling Sarah Noack “new” does not seem right. Truly, all of our new faces in leadership have been a part of important moments in Brokerage history from our inception. Sarah has always been ready for more–more responsibility, more progress, more challenge, more growth. She visualizes her goals with a clear and steady eye; the entirety of the Brokerage community has benefited from her vision. Sarah...

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