Photo from 2015 DD Advocacy Day at the Capitol

Oregon's 2016 Legislative Session starts Monday, February 1st
This is a short 35 day session and is expected to be very fast-paced.
The GO Project will help you to stay informed of legislative issues and advocacy opportunities throughout the session!

Join us at the DD Legislative Advocacy Headquarters
Oregon State Capitol Building in Room 257
900 Court Street NE Salem

Monday, February 1
Thursday, February 25
From 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Schedule appointments with your legislators and join us at the DD Legislative Advocacy Headquarters to receive information and support from our advocacy team before and after your appointments between 10AM and 1PM.
To find out who your legislator is, go to  
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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 Emplo yment settlement implementation.

RAISE DSP WAGES : Establish r ates that create living wages fo r 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.

Fast-Paced Bill Tracking

The legislature has announced that schedules may change quickly this session, and in some instances we may only have an hour notice that a hearing or committee meeting is going to be held.  

We are tracking bills and budget discussions closely, and will let you know if anything urgent comes up.  

Some of the bills we are following are focused on housing (HB 4001, HB 4013, HB 4079, SB 1548, SB 1575); education (HB 4024); child welfare (HB 4080, SB 1515, SB 1516); protective services (HB 4013); and mental health (SB 1551). 

Because the schedule is expected to change so rapidly this session, we encourage you to reference the Oregon legislative website at to monitor bills of interest to you.

We will be posting a bill tracking report on the Oregon Intellectual / Developmental Disabilities Coalition website weekly so that you know what proposed legislation we are following.  

We are excited to get this session started... so Let's GO!