CALL TO ACTION: Attend a DHS Town Hall Meeting This Month
State leaders from the Department of Human Services (DHS) will be traveling across the state to discuss funding of various programs, which includes Intellectual / Developmental Disabilities Services.
You are invited to provide input to the Oregon Department of Human Services on services, programs, and priorities for the 2017 DHS budget and legislative session.
As the State makes decisions about funding for Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities Services, it is critical that we all participate in these discussions! Anyone concerned about the future of supports for individuals with developmental disabilities should attend these events.
Please share this announcement and make plans to attend a meeting in your local area. If possible wear yellow and/or bring along a yellow sign that says “Support DD Services!”
We have provided priority topics and talking points below. Please select the topic and relevant talking points that are most important to you and share these points at the Town Hall Meeting that you attend.
Monday, June 20
PORTLAND: Creston Elementary School, Auditorium, 4701 SE Bush Street, right off Powell Blvd.
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Please let us know if you plan to attend: DHS Director’s Office – Use subject line PORTLAND
Tuesday, June 21
SALEM: Chemeketa Community College, Auditorium, 4000 Lancaster Drive NE
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Please let us know if you plan to attend: DHS Director’s Office – Use subject line SALEM
Wednesday, June 22
EUGENE: Lane Community College, Center for Meeting & Learning #104, 4000 E 30th Avenue
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
Please let us know if you plan to attend: DHS Director’s Office – Use subject line EUGENE
Thursday, June 23
MEDFORD: North Medford High School, Auditorium, 1900 N Keene Way Drive
(10:00 am – 12:00 noon)
Please let us know if you plan to attend: DHS Director’s Office – Use subject line MEDFORD
Monday, June 27
BEND: The Riverhouse Convention Center, Cascade AJ Room, 3075 N. Business 97
10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Please let us know if you plan to attend: DHS Director’s Office – Use subject line BEND
Tuesday, June 28
PENDLETON: Vert Auditorium, 480 SW Dorion Avenue
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Please let us know if you plan to attend: DHS Director’s Office – Use subject line PENDLETON
IDD Coalition Priorities & Talking Points for DHS Town Hall Meetings – June 2016
Priorities (in no particular order):
- Direct Support Professional Wages: Raise the wage for Direct Support Professionals that help people live, learn, work, play and age in our communities.
- System Sustainability: Invest in creating a sustainable intellectual and developmental disability system that supports people with IDD to be integrated members of their communities.
- Employment: Support Lane v. Brown Employment settlement and continue to fund employment outcomes for people with IDD, so that all people have opportunities to work and contribute to their community.
- Community Inclusion: Support people to access, develop relationships in and be members of their communities.
- Case Management Reform: Case management should refocus on the person and meeting their goals in an efficient and informed manner. This will require less focus on completing administrative forms or other paperwork.
Talking Points for Priority Issues:
DSP Wages: Raise the wage for Direct Support Professionals so they can continue to support people with IDD to live and work as members of their communities.
- Direct support professionals support people to live their lives in a healthy and safe manner while also supporting people to build new skills that can lead to greater independence.
- Low DSP wages increases DSP turnover, destabilizes the lives of people with IDD and undermines Oregon’s ability provide the essential supports people rely on to live their lives.
- Support system stability and a living wage for DSPs so they can continue to provide critical community supports for Oregonians with IDD.
System Sustainability: Invest in a sustainable intellectual and developmental disability system that focuses on what people with IDD need to live the lives they choose as integrated members of their communities.
- Sustainability means viability over the long-term. We support system changes that provide stable, needed supports that people can rely upon year after year.
- We also would like to see strong services available that may create less ongoing need for formal supports. These services may include assistive technology, environmental modifications, and a focus on skill building with support workers so they are helping people with IDD develop greater independence in a meaningful way for them.
- Needed investments for a sustainable system: building a sustainable system that supports community life for children and adults means investing in:
- Essential services to help people thrive at home, at work and in their communities;
- Strong, effective and efficient case management services that focus on the person or family, not paperwork and forms.
- Rates that create living wages for direct support professionals;
- Tools to help adults and children create sustainable natural supports. This includes funding the Regional Family Networks; and
- Restoring the Fairview Trust to create housing opportunities for people with IDD.
- The Assessment: We envision a sustainable IDD service system where eligible children and adults get the Medicaid services they need. No more. No less.
Employment: Continue funding to improve employment outcomes for people with IDD and implement the landmark Lane v. Brown settlement.
- Oregon is strongest when all people, including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, are employed in their communities and pursuing careers.
- As a national leader, Oregon recently settled the Lane v. Brown lawsuit which ensures supports to help youth and adults with IDD work in competitive jobs in their communities.
- Support people with IDD to get jobs in their communities by adequately funding the Lane v. Brown settlement.
Community Inclusion: Support people to access, develop relationships in and be members of their communities.
- Rich community connections support all people to feel supported by their communities.
- Many people with IDD and their families depend on IDD services to support them as they create and sustain community connections and exercise self-determination.
- Support continued strong community inclusion services and policies so Oregonians with IDD will have access to their communities, develop relationships and be members of their communities.
Case Management Reform: The current case management structure must refocus on the person and connecting them to needed services rather than on paperwork.
- Case management is a critical link between the person with IDD and the services they depend on to be members of their communities.
- Current case management workloads focus too heavily on administrative paperwork instead of conversations with Oregonians with IDD and their families about what they need to live their lives.
- Effective case management reform must focus on the individual circumstances of each person and family. This refocus will allow people to access the services they need in an efficient manner.
As always, be prepared, get involved, be heard!
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