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  • March is Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!

    Senator Chris Edwards (pictured here) along with Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities Executive Director Jaime Daignault recently helped kick off Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Senator Edwards read a proclamation by Governor John Kitzhaber declaring March as IDD Awareness Month.

    Read more about the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month program

  • Providing Better Protection for Adult Abuse and Neglect

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    Oregon is now only one of three states in the country that provides an intensive week-long training program for its adult protective services (APS) workers.

    For our state’s most vulnerable people, this means enhanced safety, and protection as well as better responses and investigations of incidents of adult abuse and neglect.

    Learn more about providing better protection for adult abuse and neglect.

  • New, toll-free number gives seniors, people with disabilities easy access to the help they need to remain independent, healthy, and safe

    Because they received over 30,000 calls through local community telephone numbers last year, Oregon’s Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) has opened a statewide toll-free telephone number so that all Oregonians can easily access resources and information from anywhere in the state on issues related to aging or living with a disability.

    Read more about the (ADRC) statewide toll-free telephone number...

  • DHS to conduct study of Medicaid Long-Term Care Services
    Older coupleMany of you have been closely following the progress of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) in the work of Health Systems Transformation (HST). Today, the OHA announced that an “Accountability Plan” for Health Systems Transformation was approved by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS). The Plan is extensive, laying out the methods, measurements and accountability for Oregon's Health System Transformation. A small – but noteworthy - piece of that Plan requires action from DHS and our partners in the long term care system, and I wanted to reach out immediately to let you know what is expected and our next steps.
  • Report Identifies Abuse Trends in Developmental Disability and Mental Health Services in 2011

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    An annual report from the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) shows abuse and neglect trends among people who received mental health and intellectual/developmental disability services in 2011.

    2011 Report of Abuse and Neglect for Individuals Who Receive Mental Health and Development Disabilities

    Read more about the 2011 Report...

  • Oregon Evaluating Developmental Disabilities System

    Oregon DHS will be participating in a project to learn how well it is helping individuals and families being served through the developmental disabilities system.

    Learn more about this project.

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