We encourage you to schedule a time to meet with your State Senator and Representative to talk about the importance of continued investment in DD Services. Here are some talking points:
2016 Focus Areas
INTENTIONAL SUSTAINABILITY: Invest in a sustainable intellectual and developmental disability system that complies with federal expectations and supports people with IDD to live full lives as integrated members of their communities. As people with IDD have more choice about where they live, learn and work, it is important that we protect resources such as the Fairview Trust.
SUPPORT EMPLOYMENT: Continue funding employment outcomes for people with IDD and support Lane v. Brown Employment settlement implementation.
RAISE DSP WAGES: Establish rates that create living wages for direct support professionals to ensure capacity for these essential supports.
BUILD NATURAL SUPPORTS: Provide tools to help adults and children create sustainable natural supports. This includes funding the Regional Family Networks.
ADJUST ASSESSMENTS: Adjust needs assessment to ensure that eligible children and adults get the Medicaid services they really need. No more. No less.
We are following bills through the legislative process and attending hearings on relevant issues. We welcome you to follow bills along with us! Access the Oregon IDD Coalition's
Bill Tracking Report as of February 19, 2016 on our new website!
State Budget Update:
When the legislature convenes for short sessions, it passes policy bills and makes adjustments to the two-year (biennium) state budget. The 2015 session set the budget for 2015-2017. With the growing number of children and adults receiving developmental disability services and increased cost per case there is need for additional funding. While there has been some promising news from the legislature regarding available resources, it is vital that you reach out to your legislators and tell them why your IDD services are important for you to live and work as a member of your community.