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JOIN US IN ADVOCATING FOR FULL FUNDING OF
CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES

People with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities across Oregon rely upon their case manager to be there when they need them. That may be support to find the right job, connect to mental health services, navigate complex systems, coordinate transportation options, access the right medical supports, or set and meet life goals. People call to get help during life crises and transitions, and case management staff provide an extra layer of support to interact safely and successfully with law enforcement, hospitals, and other community resources.
 
The majority of case management services for Oregonians with IDD are not provided by state staff but are contracted out to Support Service Brokerages and Community Developmental Disabilities Programs. These services are funded through the budget process determined by the Oregon State Legislature every two years. The money allocated for DD case management pays for every aspect of case management--the space needed to house the offices, the electricity powering the computers, the cost of case management employees, the paper needed to print off your annual ISP to sign, and more. When our case management services are not well funded, they are less able to hire and keep the case management staff that people need.
 
The cost to run these businesses is calculated by the state using a Workload Model. The Oregon State Legislature then determines what percentage of that Workload Model total cost will be paid for over each biennium. For the current biennium (running from July 2019 through June 2021), the funding covers just under 74% of that Workload Model total. We are asking the Oregon State Legislature to fund case management services for people with IDD. 

Check our our DD Case Management Fact Sheet Here!

DEADLINES, BILLS & HEARINGS

At the end of last week, we passed a major milestone in the course of the long legislative session: Committees had to schedule work sessions for bills in the chamber of origin by Friday, March 19, 2021 or those bills would “die” in committee.*
 
About one-third of the bills the DD Coalition was tracking or monitoring died in committee. Many bills and concepts that died have been tried in previous sessions and may reappear again in future sessions, as their sponsors retain hope that the timing will be right for passage at some point in the future. 
 
The GO! Team is continuing to keep an eye on bills that are of interest to individuals with developmental disabilities as we approach the upcoming milestones (*subject to the exceptions noted below):
-       April 13th: Bills have to be passed out of committee in the first chamber or they die
-       May 14th: Bills have to have a work session scheduled in the second chamber or they die
-       May 28th: Bills have to be passed out of committee in the second chamber or they die in committee; committees close for the session.
 
Note: This bill deadline does not apply to the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, other joint committees, the Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue, the House Committee on Revenue, the Senate Committee on Rules, the House Committee on Rules, the Senate Committee on Redistricting and the House Committee on Redistricting. 

Please see our DD Coalition Priority Bills Report for more information. Below are some of the hearings and bills we’re tracking during the upcoming week.     
 
Below are some of the hearings and bills we’re tracking during the upcoming week:
MONDAY — March 22, 2021
 
8:00 am / Remote B: Senate Committee on Judiciary and Ballot Measure 110 Implementation will hold the following hearings:
o  A public hearing on SB 72, a bill that modifies circumstances in which a physician or provider may disregard the principal's wishes regarding mental health treatment to include when the principal is an extremely dangerous person committed to Oregon Health Authority.
o  A work session on SB 190, a bill that modifies the permissible methods of providing notice of appointment of guardian to a protected person.
 
8:00 am / Remote B: House Subcommittee on Equitable Policing will hold work sessions on the following bills:
o  HB 2162: Directs the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training to study changes to police officer training and to provide results of study to Legislative Assembly no later than December 31, 2021.
o  HB 2929: Modifies police officer's duty to report misconduct.
 
1:00 pm / Remote EJoint Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Education will continue its public hearings on the Oregon Department of Education budget bills (SB 5513 and SB 5514) with invited testimony from the Oregon Department of Education. 
 
1:00 pm / Remote C: House Committee on Early Childhood will be holding a public hearing on HB 2474, a bill that expands the applicability of certain provisions relating to family leave to employers who employ one or more employees.
 
3:15 pm / Remote FHouse Committee on Human Services will be holding work sessions on the following bills:
o  HB 3071: A bill that modifies the definition of "public or private official" with a mandatory duty to report suspected abuse to include all state and local elected officials.
o  HB 3116:  A bill that requires the Department of Human Services, in collaboration with community developmental disabilities programs, to study and make recommendation for a new funding structure for community developmental disabilities programs and report findings and recommendation to the Legislative Assembly no later than December 31, 2022.
 
3:15 pm / Remote BSenate Committee on Education will be holding the following:
o  A public hearing on SB 624, a bill that establishes a Task Force on Public Charter School Overview.
o  A work session on SB 242, a bill that modifies the definitions of "sexual conduct" for purposes of requirements for education providers related to abuse of and sexual conduct toward students.
 
5:30 pm / Remote AHouse Special Committee on Wildfire Recovery will be holding a public hearing on HB 2630, a bill that Provides that, for five school years, calculations of weighted average daily membership made for purposes of distributions of state moneys to school districts may not be decreased for school districts impacted by wildfires in 2020.
 
TUESDAY — March 23, 2021
 
8:00 am / Remote ASenate Committee on Judiciary and Ballot Measure 110 Implementation will be holding a work session on SB 578, a bill that requires a court, under certain circumstances, to appoint legal counsel for respondent or protected person in protective proceeding.
 
1:00 pm / Remote 170: House Committee on Rules will be holding hearings on the following bills:
o  A public hearing on HB 2337, a bill that requires state agencies and third party contractors that collect demographic data on behalf of state agencies to comply with rules adopted by Oregon Health Authority for collection of data on race, ethnicity, preferred spoken and written languages and disability status.
o  A public hearing and possible work session on HB 2992, a bill that requires state boards or commissions to pay compensation and expenses to certain members with adjusted gross income below certain threshold.
 
1:00 pm / Remote E: House Committee on Education will be holding the following hearings:
o  Public hearing and Possible Work Session on HB 2962, a bill that requires each school district to evaluate the instructional needs of students of school district as result of school closures due to COVID-19 and to report summaries of evaluations to Department of Education.
o  Work session on HB 2697, a bill that requires education provider to prohibit use or display of any symbols of hate on school property or in education program.
 
§ 1:00 pm / Remote 174Joint Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Human Services will continue its public hearings on the Oregon Department of Human Services budget bill (SB 5529), with invited testimony from the Oregon Department of Human Services.
 
3:15 pm / Remote B: Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health and Recovery will be holding hearings on the following bills:
 
Public hearings on the following bills:
SB 725: Restricts licensing or certification of providers of developmental disability services. Note: This hearing was carried over from March 18th. The DD Coalition has been involved in discussions related to this bill and is expecting an amendment to be issued at the hearing. 
SB 680: Provides funding to peer-run organizations in Portland metropolitan area, southern Oregon region and eastern and central Oregon region to operate peer respite centers to provide peer respite services to individuals with mental illness who experience acute distress, anxiety or emotional pain.
SB 686: Establishes right to receive inpatient psychiatric care in person and on-site.
A work session on SB 90, a bill that exempts from public disclosure addresses of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities residing in adult foster homes, residential training facilities or residential training homes.
 
WEDNESDAY — March 24, 2021
 
8:00 am / Remote ASenate Committee on Judiciary and Ballot Measure 110 Implementation will be holding a public hearing on SB 780, a bill that limits the liability of health care providers, health maintenance organizations and hospitals for certain claims arising during COVID-19 emergency period.
 
3:15 pm / Remote FHouse Committee on Human Services will be holding the following hearings:
o  Public hearings on:
HB 3039: Requires Oregon Health Authority, in coordination with Department of Human Services, to convene one or more groups of stakeholders and experts to study and make recommendations regarding electronic referral system for social services and statewide health information exchange.
HB 3128: Requires long term care facilities and residential facilities to permit resident of facility to have support person to provide emotional and physical support and supplemental care.
Work session on HB 2119, a bill that transfers responsibility for the 2-1-1 system from Office of Emergency Management to Department of Human Services.
 
3:15 pm / Remote BSenate Committee on Education will be holding the following hearings:
o  Public hearings on:
SB 782: Directs Department of Education to establish and administer pilot program that enables school districts to deliver mental health screenings to students in grades 9 through 12.
SB 804: Requires school district boards to ensure that specified percentage of expenditures of school district are paid as compensation to teachers of core academic subjects or manual skills.
Work sessions on:
SB 232: Directs Department of Education, in collaboration with Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, to conduct study to identify most effective methods to diversify educator workforce and to report results of study to interim committee of Legislative Assembly related to education.
SB 513: Requires student to demonstrate proficiency in civics in order to receive high school diploma.
SB 624:  Establishes Task Force on Public Charter School Overview.
 
THURSDAY — March 25, 2021
 
8:00 am / Remote F: Joint Committee on Transportation will be holding a work session on HB 2985, a bill that directs the Oregon Department of Transportation to ensure that membership of advisory committees reflects racial and ethnic and ability composition of Oregon.
 
1:00 pm / Remote E: House Committee on Education will be holding the following hearings:
o  Public hearing and possible work session on HB 3254, a bill that directs the Department of Education to provide moneys for payment of costs of education of students in qualified treatment programs.
o  Work session on HB 2590, a bill that establishes a Task Force on Student Success for Underrepresented Students in Higher Education.
 
1:00 pm / Remote C: Senate Committee on Housing and Development will be holding a work session on SB 282, a bill that directs the Housing and Community Services Department to study issues related to rental housing and report to appropriate committee or interim committee of Legislative Assembly on or before September 15, 2022. Thank you for your recent advocacy in support of this bill! 
 
1:00 pm / Remote 174Joint Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Human Services will continue its public hearings on the Oregon Department of Human Services budget bill (SB 5529) with invited testimony only from the Oregon Department of Human Services.
 
3:15 pm / Remote FHouse Committee on Health Care will be holding a work session on HB 2359, a bill that requires health care providers to work with health care interpreters from health care interpreter registry operated by Oregon Health Authority to provide interpretation services.
3:15 pm / Remote B: Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health and Recovery will be holding public hearings on the following bills:
o  SB 142: Extends sunset for tax credit for child with disability.
o  SB 144: Extends sunset for additional personal exemption credit for taxpayer with severe disability.
o  SB 146: Extends sunset for tax credit for working family dependent care.
o  SB 556: Specifies that on-site inspections must be in person for child-caring agencies, proctor foster homes, private residential boarding schools, foster homes, youth offender foster homes, health care facilities, home health agencies, residential facilities, adult foster homes, developmental disability child foster homes, hospice programs and qualified residential treatment programs.
o  SB 4: Directs Oregon Health Authority to study and make recommendations for improving coordination of youth mental health services among state agencies.

INTERESTED IN GIVING TESTIMONY AT A COMMITTEE HEARING? 

In order to prevent COVID-19 from spreading, entry to the Oregon State Capitol is for authorized personnel only until further notice. The Oregon Legislative Assembly has established a process to accept remote verbal public testimony on bills by video or phone during this time, in addition to written public testimony.  For more information, see the helpful information posted online. 
INTERESTED IN TRACKING BILLS OR HEARINGS?

  • Use the Oregon Legislature's Capitol e-Subscribe service to receive bill alerts for individual bills as they move through the legislative process, receive committee agendas, news from members of the legislative body and more.
  • You can also watch or listen to live or archived video and audio of Senate and House chamber sessions and Committee hearings. 
2021 Legislative Session Budget Priorities

  • Reinstate Regional Family to Family Networks ($1.3 million GF)
  • Set DSP Wage at 150% of minimum wage (HB 2964)
  • Fully Fund Case Management Entities
  • Develop Statewide Data System

GO! ONLINE: 2021 DD Advocacy Days
2nd Wednesday of each month from 10AM - Noon

Join the Oregon DD Coalition’s GO! Project Advocacy Team online to learn about:
  • Legislative Budget Priorities
  • Sharing Your Story & Effective Messaging

GO! ONLINE: DD Advocacy Videos
We created a series of training videos to support your preparation for remote legislative advocacy. Visit our You Tube Channel or Facebook Page to view them.

  • Introduction to the GO! Project
  • 2021 Legislative Advocacy
  • Why Is Advocacy Important?
  • How To Develop Your Message
  • Making a Legislative Appointment
  • Preparing For a Virtual Visit
  • Expecting the Unexpected
  • What to Do After a Legislative Visit
  • Advocacy Via Email
It’s quick and easy to find out who your State Senator and State Representative are at www.oregonlegislature.gov
About the Oregon DD Coalition
The Oregon DD Coalition advocates for DD services on behalf of and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and support organizations in Oregon.

We influence DD service and community support systems and legislation by communicating with a common, consistent voice – creating better opportunities for Oregonians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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