POSSIBLE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA CHANGES
IMMEDIATE ADVOCACY ACTION NEEDED
    
Oregon legislators are finalizing the Developmental Disabilities (DD) Budget in the next few days. If you or someone you know relies on DD services to stay safe and supported in their community, it is important that you share your story with Oregon legislators TODAY!!!
 
As lawmakers struggle to find new revenue, they are forced to consider severe cuts to many programs, including DD Services. Your stories are making a difference, but Oregon Legislators need to hear from you TODAY about why DD eligibility reductions would have a devastating impact on the lives of Oregonians with developmental disabilities and their families.
 
Potential changes to eligibility could include:
  • Counting parental income for children's eligibility. 
  • Requiring 3 limitation areas instead of 2 for adults and children's eligibility.
  • Lowering the IQ requirement for eligibility for developmental disability services from 75 to 70.
For details on some of the proposed changes, download the  Eligibility Changes Fact Sheet .

Even if you have already shared your story with Oregon Legislators this session, it is important that you reach out again to let them know the potential impact of these proposed eligibility changes!

What Can You Do?
If you are worried you might lose your developmental disability services because of these potential eligibility changes, share your story!  Write a short email that includes the following information:
  • Your name
  • Where you live
  • A sentence or two about the developmental disability services that help you or that you rely on to be safe and supported in your community.
  • What your life would be like if you lost your developmental disability services due to eligibility changes. 
Legislators to contact: 
Email your story to the members of Joint Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Human Services at:
AND to the Co-Chairs of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means:

Please also send your email to your own State Senator and State Representative.  

Just enter your home address to find out who these two legislators are:  www.oregonlegislature.gov/findyourlegislator/leg-districts.html
 
We would love to receive a copy of your story with the Coalition by emailing it to  oregoniddcoalition@gmail.com.


Final Advocacy Day of Oregon's 2017 Legislative Session Happening MONDAY
    
Our final DD Advocacy Day of the session is coming up on Monday, June 12th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Please make plans to join us as we thank legislators for supporting Oregonians with developmental disabilities and their families.  

This is a great opportunity for anyone who has wanted to get involved but hasn't yet been to the Capitol to see what it is all about!  It's easy to participate:
  • Add this DD Advocacy Day at the Capitol to your calendar 
  • Schedule visits with your State Senator and Representative 
  • Stop by the DD Advocacy Headquarters in Room 257 before and after your visits - We will be there to provide you with advocacy training, support and materials! 
New Tax Plan & Legislative Town Halls
    
With only a month or less left in the legislative session, Democrats have put forward another tax plan that legislators are considering.  As a result, many Oregon legislators are hosting budget town halls this weekend and into next week to get feedback on the various revenue and tax proposals that are being considered, including this new plan released this week.  Make sure to connect with your legislators via their newsletters and on social media to stay apprised of these important opportunities to attend and provide your input to these important decisions!
  
Policy Bill Hearings
    
While most of the policy committees have shut down for the session, there are many policy bills that remain "alive" in joint committees and the revenue and rules committees of both chambers.  However, we are not seeing a lot of hearings get scheduled for these bills because legislators are busy focusing on the various revenue, tax, and cost containment proposals that are being put forward, as well as the transportation package that is currently on the table. 
 
You can review a current report of the Priority 1 and 2 bills the DD Coalition is tracking here.  The following are a few hearings we will be watching next week:
 
June 12th Monday


 

8:30 AM / HR F:  Joint Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Human ServicesPublic hearing on SB 243A (expands definition of "child in care" to include children receiving care and services from certified foster homes and developmental disabilities residential facilities).


 

8:30 AM / H-170:  Joint Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Education -
  • Public hearing on HB 2259A (authorizes Office of Child Care to maintain information in Central Background Registry through electronic records systems).
  • Public hearing on HB 2260A (authorizes Office of Child Care to maintain information about child care facilities and providers through electronic records systems).
June 13th Tuesday


 

3:00 PM / HR C:  Senate Committee on EducationInformational hearing on SB 437 (establishes program by which moneys are deposited in education savings accounts for use by parents of qualified children to pay for certain educational expenses incurred from participating entities).


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