GO! Bulletin
DD Legislative Advocacy Continues...
 
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 29, 2021
 
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 as well as public testimony. Please consider sharing your story about how EI/ECSE services have made a difference in your life or the life of your child who experiences disability!
 
3:15 pm / Remote BSenate Committee on Education will be holding a work session on SB 782, a bill that directs the Department of Education to establish and administer a pilot program that enables school districts to deliver mental health screenings to students in grades 9 through 12
 
TUESDAY — March 30, 2021
 
1:00 pm / Remote E: House Committee on Education will be holding the following hearings:
o  Public hearing and Possible Work Session on HB 2954, a bill that allows a public charter school to implement a weighted lottery that favors historically underserved students when number of applications for enrollment exceeds capacity of program, class, grade level or building.
o  Work sessions on the following bills:
HB 2368: Establishes pilot program to improve educational outcomes by using trauma-informed approaches to education, health services and intervention strategies.
HB 2962: Requires each school district to evaluate 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.
 
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.
 
1:00 pm / Remote C: Senate Committee on Housing and Development will be holding a work session on SB 282, a bill that relates to rental housing. 
 
3:15 pm / Remote B: Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health and Recovery will be holding work sessions on the following bills:
 
o  SB 725: Restricts licensing or certification of providers of developmental disability services.
o  SB 84: Directs Department of Human Services to prepare report regarding Strengthening, Preserving and Reunifying Families programs and make recommendations for legislation.
o  SB 4: Directs Oregon Health Authority to study and make recommendations for improving coordination of youth mental health services among state agencies.
 
3:15 pm / Remote F: House Committee on Health Care will be holding public hearings on the following newborn screening bills:
o  HB 3107: Requires birthing facility to perform test for detection of spinal muscular atrophy on newborn delivered at facility.
o  HB 2987: Directs Oregon Health Authority to adopt rules requiring infants to be screened to detect certain diseases.
 
WEDNESDAY — March 31, 2021
 
8:00 am / Remote C: House Committee on Behavioral Health will be holding the following hearings:
o  Public hearing and work session on HB 3069, a bill that requires Oregon Health Authority to study and make recommendations to interim committees of Legislative Assembly, no later than September 15, 2022, for legislative changes needed to increase access to behavioral health services for all Oregonians.
o  Work sessions on the following bills:
HB 2469: Requires state medical assistance program to provide for up to six behavioral health checkups every year.
HB 2086: Appropriates moneys to Oregon Health Authority to undertake specified steps to address needs of individuals with behavioral health disorders for services, treatment and housing.
 
8:00 am / Remote ASenate Committee on Judiciary and Ballot Measure 110 Implementation will be holding a public hearing on SB 579, a bill relating to guardianship services for defendants who are unable to aid and assist. 
 
1:00 pm / Remote BHouse Committee on Early Childhood will be holding a public hearing and possible work session on HB 3334, a bill that Directs Early Learning Division to develop plan to coordinate provision of services to children who are in early childhood and to report on plan to appropriate interim committee of Legislative Assembly
 
1:00 pm / Remote BSenate Committee on Healthcare will be holding the following hearings:
o  Public hearings on:
SB 674: Requires Oregon Health Authority to investigate best practices and latest technology and to establish hospital procedures to enable family members to visit hospitalized patients during pandemic.
SB 800: Requires Oregon Health Authority to study and make recommendations to interim committees of Legislative Assembly, no later than September 15, 2022, for legislative changes needed to increase access to health care for all Oregonians.
o  Work sessions on:
SB 748: Requires Public Employees' Benefit Board, Oregon Educators Benefit Board and private insurers to provide insurance coverage to adult disabled children and adult disabled siblings of insureds under certain circumstances.
SB 584: Relating to employed individuals with disabilities
 
3:15 pm / Remote FHouse Committee on Human Services will be holding work sessions on the following bills:
 
o  HB 2102: Requires Department of Human Services to report to interim committees of Legislative Assembly related to human services any changes needed to statutes governing programs administered by department due to changes to budget.
o  HB 2964: Requires Department of Human Services to reimburse cost of care provided in residential training facilities and residential training homes in amounts sufficient to allow facilities and homes to pay direct support professional 150 percent of state minimum wage.
 
3:15 pm / Remote BSenate Committee on Education will be holding the following hearings:
o  Public hearings on:
SB 225: Directs Department of Education to conduct study on education system of state and to report results of study to interim committee of Legislative Assembly related to education.
SB 747: Allows students, including students receiving special education, to take additional two years to complete high school.
o  Work session on SB 744, a bill that directs the Department of Education to review state requirements for high school diploma and to report results of review to interim committees of Legislative Assembly related to education and to State Board of Education.
 
THURSDAY — April 1, 2021
 
8:00 am / Remote D: House Committee on Housing will be holding a work session on HB 2336, a bill that directs the Department of Consumer and Business Services to establish by rule appendix in Oregon residential specialty code based upon visitability standards for Type C Units provided by American National Standards Institute.
 
1:00 pm / Remote F: House Committee on Judiciary will be holding a work session on HB 2502, a bill that adds five members to Task Force on School Safety who represent historically disadvantaged groups.
 
1:00 pm / Remote E: House Committee on Education will be holding the following hearings:
o  Public hearing and possible work session on HB 3363, a bill that establishes the Racial Equity and Justice Student Council.
o  Work sessions on the following bills:
HB 2945: Requires school districts to ensure that students for whom out-of-school suspensions or expulsions have been imposed receive specified services during suspensions or expulsions.
HB 2631: Prescribes notification requirements for school district upon receipt of report of act of harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyberbullying.
 
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, focusing on Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services. 
 
3:15 pm / Remote FHouse Committee on Health Care will be holding the following hearings:
o  Public hearings on HB 3159, a bill that requires health care provider and health insurer to collect from patient, client or member data on race, ethnicity, preferred spoken and written languages, disability status, sexual orientation and gender identity.
o  Public hearing and possible work session on HB 2010, a bill that creates a public option to allow consumers to enroll in state-designed health plans through health insurance exchange.
o  Work session on HB 3107, a bill that requires a birthing facility to perform test for detection of spinal muscular atrophy on newborn delivered at facility.
 
3:15 pm / Remote B: Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health and Recovery will be holding the following hearings:
o  Public hearing on SB 267, a bill that requires the Department of Human Services to report to interim committees of Legislative Assembly related to human services any changes needed to statutes governing programs administered by department due to changes to budget.
o  Work sessions on the following bills:
SB 142: Extends sunset for tax credit for child with disability.
SB 144: Extends sunset for additional personal exemption credit for taxpayer with severe disability.
SB 146: Extends sunset for tax credit for working family dependent care.
SB 710: Modifies allowed and prohibited uses of restraint of children in care by child-caring agencies, proctor foster homes and developmental disabilities residential facilities.
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.
SB 707: Directs Department of Human Services to provide certain notices to children and wards whom department placed in out-of-state residential facilities between January 1, 2016, and June 30, 2020, and to provide representatives of children and wards with certain documentation and information.


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

DD Coalition Advocacy Priority: Statewide Data System

Data helps inform communities and leaders about how to make decisions. Many individuals and groups have identified the need for a unified, statewide data system to maintain and connect information for the DD services system, and the people who use it. The Oregon DD Coalition continues to hold this as a funding priority for the 2021 legislative session, knowing that a connected, statewide data system could make our entire workforce more efficient and better able to support the people who rely upon it.
 
Currently, each of the dozens of case management entities and provider agencies we have across the state of Oregon use their own methods of collecting and storing important individual information. This data is everything from names and addresses, to service preferences and risks. These separate data systems do not collect information in the same way, cannot share information with one another, and are not accessible to anyone outside of their agency. This makes it impossible to spot trends in needs across specific demographics such as geography or age. This prevents our system from efficiently gathering needed data to help inform large, systemwide policy decisions. Current methods of storing data make it very difficult to respond quickly to emergencies on a statewide level. Many requests for information that should be available by one person pulling a report are instead accomplished by hundreds of people devoting hours or days to data entry followed by formatting, and reporting data from paper files or outdated systems. A statewide, connected DD system database would integrate information from providers, case managers, and state workers into one accessible system.
 
A data system would also increase transparency for people and families using services so they can track their services more easily. Checking in on the status of your services and determining what is available now requires interaction with a case manager. A simple click could make personal service information available at any time that is convenient for people with IDD, their family members, or trusted friends. Self-direction, a value our community holds dear, is only possible when people have the information they need to make their choices. The Oregon DD Coalition supports dedicated funding to build an accessible, connected system for DD Services data.
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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