OSSA’s Vision for Oregon

Vision, January 2016: A Second Look at the Future of IDD Services in Oregon

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in 2016 Changes, Advocacy, History, OSSA's Vision for Oregon, Positions | 0 comments

Vision, January 2016: A Second Look at the Future of IDD Services in Oregon

Nearly one year ago, the Oregon Support Services Association shared our February 2015 Vision for the Future of Disability Services in Oregon. It was meant to be a comprehensive look at what we want for our service system, with ideas about how we might get there. While the ultimate vision hasn’t changed substantially, the ideas for how we get there have been refined to fit a January 2016 understanding of the world. Click here to view the OSSA Vision For the Future of Disability Services in Oregon, January 2016. As OSSA President Larry Deal and I reviewed our vision one year in, we were both struck by how much the IDD field has learned over the past 12 months. We...

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Choosing Between Vital Parts is a Losing Proposition for I/DD

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Advocacy, Budget Cuts, History, OSSA's Vision for Oregon, Positions | 0 comments

Choosing Between Vital Parts is a Losing Proposition for I/DD

When it comes to full lives for Oregonians with intellectual and developmental disabilities, we want it all.  As a member of the Oregon I/DD Coalition, OSSA helped to identify four top priorities for the 2015 legislative budgeting session.  These four priorities, together, represent a pathway to richer lives for Oregonians with I/DD.  The four priorities are: DSP Wages: Raise the wage for Direct Support Professionals. Brokerage and CDDP Workload Model Budget:  Fund workload model at proposed 95% equity for CDDPs and Brokerages. Fairview Trust:  Keep the promise of community housing opportunities for people with IDD and restore the Fairview Trust. Employment: Continue...

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OSSA’s Vision for the Future of Disability Services in Oregon

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in 2015 changes, Advocacy, History, OSSA's Vision for Oregon, Positions | 0 comments

Sometimes, in the midst of change, it is hard to see the way forward.  Oregon’s system of services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities once felt like it had a clear identity as a national leader for progressive, community-based service.  We closed down institutions.  We gave control to the people using the services.  We showed that giving people self-determination can not only be right, it can also be cost-effective, good business.  Somewhere, in the crush of change and hurtling, forward momentum, we have lost the clarity of that identity. Now is the time to work to reclaim that pioneering spirit at the heart of our state.  Make no mistake,...

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Who is OSSA?

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in 2015 changes, Advocacy, Executive Director, OSSA's Vision for Oregon | 0 comments

Dear Personal Agents, Brokerage office staff, Lead Personal Agents, Operations Managers, Fiscal Managers, accounting staff, Provider Coordinators, Resource Managers, and every other Brokerage staff member, At the start of February 2015, you hired me to serve as your Executive Director. Did you know that? The Oregon Support Services Association represents the 13 Brokerages around the state of Oregon. OSSA’s board of directors is comprised of the 13 Executive Directors of each Brokerage. But OSSA is so much more than that—our membership includes each and every person employed by a Brokerage to do the work of Support Services for individuals with intellectual and...

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