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Proposed DD Services Budget Announced

The Human Services budget bill, Senate Bill 5529, was passed unanimously out of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Services. (Click here to watch the work session, and here to view the summary report from the Legislative Fiscal Office (LFO). ) It will next be heard by the Full Joint Committee on Ways and Means.
The proposed budget is not yet final, and there may still be last minute changes or additions to consider prior to passage. Below we have summarized the status of each of the Oregon DD Coalition funding priorities as they currently stand in Senate Bill 5529:
Case Management:  The budget moving forward with Senate Bill 5529 sets DD Case Management funding at $170 million General Fund for the 2021-23 biennium. Full funding would have required $190 million, but this investment covers two-thirds of the gap between the 2019-21 biennium funding levels and full funding.
Regional Family Networks: With the proposed budget in Senate Bill 5529, Family Network funding sees an investment of $1.4 million for reinstatement in the 2021-23 biennium. The Family Network funding had been eliminated last year during a special legislative session. 
Direct Support Professional Wages:  This budget makes two increases to DSP wages that build upon one another:

  • Package 119: $34.3 million General Fund ($101.5 million total funds) to provide a 3.2% rate increase for providers of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities services effective July 1, 2021, and to implement new rate models effective July 1, 2022. ODDS estimates this will result in an average weighted Direct Service Professional wage of $14.82 per hour. 
  • Package 120: $10.0 million General Fund ($29.5 million total funds) to further increase provider rates for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities services. ODDS estimates this will increase the average weighted Direct Service Professional wage to $15.53 per hour.

Though investments were made in this area of our system, it is still not enough to stabilize a provider system whose critical needs have gone unmet for years.
DD Services Data System: Nothing in the available budget information talks about funding for the DD Services Data System, but a proposal to fund this project was included in the proposal from ODDS to spend some of the one-time funds coming to Oregon from the federal American Rescue Plan Act.
What can we do from here?
Continue to watch the Joint Committee on Ways and Means for a Senate Bill 5529 hearing date, the next step in the budget approval process. We know that more funding is desperately needed to stabilize and enhance DSP Wages. There are still possible avenues for legislators to commit additional funds to this work this session. We have partnered with our member organizations Oregon Resource Association (ORA) and Community Provider Association of Oregon (CPAO) this session and every session to guide our advocacy efforts on DSP funding. Once we know how best to advocate for DSP Wages here as the legislative session winds down, we will share that information with our advocacy community.

There was discussion following the presentation of the DD portion of the proposed budget bill:
Representative Stark went on the record to state that he wishes that Package 120 (DSP wages) was more and that $15.53 is only 105% of the Metro minimum wage. Senator Gelser also commented on the same issue. Senator Gelser asked what happened to the fully funded rate model and commented that she received lots of emails and they were asking for a fully funded rate model and equity with APD. Additionally, Supported Living was left out of the rates completely. 
Gregory Jollivet (LFO) commented that the proposal and budget before the committee was put forward by the Governor and DHS and he was not informed that his numbers were not 100% funding and that he didn’t know figure equated to 100% funding. Senator Gelser informed him that $25.3 million would get us to 100% funding. Senator Lieber then reminded the committee that this was something that can be addressed later.
Representative Hayden went on the record to state that he was glad that $1.4 million was put into the budget for the Family Networks, but that he had introduced a bill for $3 million to expand the work of the Family Networks to reach more regions across the state. He stated that they offer important supports and adjustments are going to be made, it should be considered. The number we have currently only holds us at status quo.
Senator Gelser went on the record once more to state that this was an incredibly difficult budget and that she appreciates all of the work done here. She would like to see the DD service provider rate model funded at 100% as are other programs and that there is work to be done there.

The DD Coalition appreciates the efforts of these and so many other legislators who have been champions for Oregonians with developmental disabilities and their families this session.

Bills, Hearings and Deadlines

Below are some of the hearings and bills we’re tracking or monitoring during the upcoming week. Please see our DD Coalition Priority Bills Report for more information.     

MONDAY — June 21, 2021

8:00 am/Remote B : Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Capital Construction will be holding a work session on the following bill:
HB 3073: Changes name of Early Learning Division to Department of Early Learning and Care.
SB 358 A: Allows applied behavior analysis professional to provide outpatient treatment for mental or emotional disorder or chemical dependency without patient’s parental consent.
1:00 pm/Remote C: House Committee on Rules will be holding a work session on the following bills:
SB 225Establishes minimum amount of distributions from Statewide Education Initiatives Account to education service districts.
2:00 pm/Remote 174 : Joint Ways and Means will be holding a work session on the following bills:
SB 5529: Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Department of Human Services for certain biennial expenses.
SB 5513: Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Department of Education for certain biennial expenses.
SB 710: Modifies allowed and prohibited uses of restraint of children in care by certain programs.
HB 3159: Requires coordinated care organization, health care provider or 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.
HB 3073: Changes name of Early Learning Division to Department of Early Learning and Care.
HB 2842: Establishes Healthy Homes Program within the Oregon Health Authority to provide grants to entities to provide financial assistance to low income households and landlords.
HB 2166: Establishes Early Childhood Suspension and Expulsion Prevention Program.

HB 2162: Directs Department of Public Safety Standards and Training to designate one or more accrediting bodies for law enforcement agencies with 35 or more sworn police officers.

HB 5024: Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Oregon Health Authority for certain biennial expenses.
TUESDAY — June 22, 2021
The following are just a few of the bills we’re tracking that have a third reading and floor vote on Tuesday, June 22.
House Chamber – convenes at 10:00 am

SB 70: Defines "regional health equity coalition" and "regional health equity coalition model." Requires Oregon Health Authority to work with regional health equity coalitions.
HB 2590: Establishes Task Force on Student Success for Underrepresented Students in Higher Education.

HB 2992: Modifies amount of compensation paid to members of state boards and commissions.

SB 236: Directs Early Learning Division to conduct study on use of suspension and expulsion in early childhood care and education programs and on efforts to reduce and prevent use of suspension and expulsion.
Senate Chamber – convenes at 10:00 am
SB 567: Includes as unlawful practice medical provider's denial of treatment that is likely to benefit patient based on patient's race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability.
SB 4: Directs Oregon Health Authority to study and make recommendations for improving coordination of youth mental health services among state agencies.

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. 

  • 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.
DD Coalition Funding Priorities

  • Reinstate Regional Family to Family Networks
  • Set DSP Wage at 150% of minimum wage
  • Fully Fund Case Management Entities
  • Develop Statewide Data System
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