The legislature ended the 2018 session Sine Die on Saturday, March 3, 2018. This is eight days ahead of the Constitutional Sine Die date of March 11. This was a short, but efficient session!
Below is a basic summary of our priority budget issues and policy bills. Next week, we will share our end of session memo so you can see what happened with each of the bills we tracked.
Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Disabilities Budget:
The good news is that the DD Program will not see cuts or changes to eligibility this year thanks to the hard work of many legislators, DHS leadership, and stakeholders!
Please take a moment to thank your legislator if you have not already.
We have discussed that a 2017 budget note directed the DD program to take a generic $12 million general fund reduction or change eligibility. Lilia Teninty, the ODDS Director, reported to the Joint Ways and Means Human Services Subcommittee on Feb. 26 that they found a way to take the $12 million reduction without impacting people's services. ODDS found the $12 million reduction as follows:
- $1.3 million in contract reductions. This request does not impact the Fairview Trust or total funding available in the Trust.
- $5.96 million in cost per case savings.
- Approximately $6 million in enhanced federal match for eXPRS system work, pending approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). eXPRS is the billing system that ODDS uses to process payments.
The bad news is that Oregon will face another budget crisis during the 2019 session. Legislators have been clear that they will again consider cuts to I/DD eligibility criteria including lowering the IQ limit from 75 to 70, requiring three instead of two functional limitations for developmental disability eligibility and considering parental income for children's service eligibility.