|Oregonians Seek In-home Services|
Information about services to help Oregonians stay at home and avoid long-term care facilities was one of the leading topics callers asked the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC).
Learn how the ADRC helps.
|SOCP Name Change|
State Operated Community Programs (SOCP) becomes Stabilization and Crisis Unit (SACU).
Learn more about SACU.
To: All ODDS Staff & Stakeholders
From: DHS Director Erinn Kelley-Siel and ODDS Interim Director and Chief Operating Officer Trisha Baxter
Re: State Operated Community Programs (SOCP) becomes Stabilization and Crisis Unit (SACU)
We wanted to let you know that the program you know as SOCP—State Operated Community Programs---has had a name change to better reflect their focus. The new name—Stabilization and Crisis Unit (SACU) supports the working trend over the last several years as the program is geared toward serving those individuals who are in crisis, and have exhausted all other resources within the state. The goal is to serve these individuals through the crisis period and into stabilization so that they can successfully return to an appropriate community placement.
SACU will continue to be a safety net for Oregon’s most vulnerable, intensive, medically and behaviorally challenged individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) and to provide support when no other community-based option is available to them. This includes people with developmental disabilities coming out of the Oregon State Hospital, correctional systems, and from crisis situations where counties and private providers cannot meet the needs of the individual, to ensure their health and safety. SACU will continue its focus on supporting people in community-based settings and enabling them to return to less intensive service levels as quickly as possible.
SACU consists of twenty-three residential homes along the I-5 corridor from Portland to Eugene, with a total capacity of 108, serving 98 adults and 10 children. We would like to thank the leadership and staff at SACU for their past and ongoing efforts to support these individuals through crisis and stabilization.
As the identity of SACU changes from SOCP, DHS will work collaboratively with our partners and providers in the community to ensure continued success for the individuals that we serve.
If you have any questions about the name change or about SACU services, please contact either of us or Jana McLellan, SACU Director at (503) 378-5952, or email@example.com
|Oregon Money Management Program|
Approximately 2% of adults need help managing personal finances due to mental or physical impairments. Without support they are vulnerable to fraud and financial abuse. They are often isolated and living in fear of losing their independence.
The Oregon Money Management Program (OMMP) is funded by DHS and offered statewide through regional sponsors. Coordinated by Easter Seals Oregon, OMMP supports people who need help with money management tasks. Services are provided by trained and supervised volunteers who work one-on-one with each person.
The New Year is brighter for one OMMP client, thanks to the support that she received from an OMMP volunteer, Mark. Sue was referred to the program because she was under a lot of stress due to her inability to manage her money. She was facing eviction, had received utility shut off notices, and didn’t have a phone or money to buy necessities. Mark began working very closely with Sue and after many visits and a few months Sue is now caught up on her rent and utilities. Now Sue has a phone and knows how much money she has each month to spend on personal items.
“Financial worries can become disabling to even the healthiest of men and women––it is all the more impactful to those who are older or physically challenged,” explained Carol Cookson, Director, OMMP. “Financial security is being able to understand and pay bills on time, manage credit, organize financial papers and file taxes,” she said. “By calming financial stresses, clients’ quality of life improves greatly.”
“Our volunteers provide an invaluable service to their clients, their community and state. Helping keep clients independent, protected and living with less stress, reduces the need for more costly supports,” she said.
“We have always respected the good work pioneered by Easter Seals and AARP. We are excited to support the statewide expansion of these services to those that need a small amount of help remaining safe and independent,” said Mike McCormick, Director of DHS Aging and People with Disabilities Program.
To learn more about volunteering or getting assistance for someone in need contact Easter Seals Oregon at 800-556-6020 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is where SB 964 comes in. This is the statute establishing Strengthening, Preserving and Reunifying Families programs. We are working statewide to enhance the service array for families through collaboration with local community partners. These SB 964 services will specifically address needs of children and families who come to the attention of child welfare through a report of abuse or neglect. They are designed to address gaps in the service array that already exists in local communities -- specifically, those services aimed at maintaining children safely in the home, reducing the length of stay in foster care, supporting families in successfully reuniting with their children and reducing re-abuse of children.
These programs are an essential complement to the implementation of Differential Response and supporting children being safely parented at home. Families will connect to these services through the child welfare system. And all families involved with child welfare, whether they receive the traditional or the alternative response, will be able to access the expanded service array.
Some examples of the types of services communities are putting in place are: front end interventions; family meeting facilitation; trauma and therapeutic services; enhanced family visitation; youth transition and mentoring services; intensive in-home services; parent navigators; parenting education and classes; parent mentoring and coaching; relief nurseries; child care; housing stability assistance; emergency and short term housing assistance; and employment assistance.
To support statewide implementation, each local DHS office is working closely with their stakeholders, community and county partners, families and DHS staff in a process of identifying the current services available and resources needed through a gaps and needs analysis. The implementation of this expanded service program is scheduled to be completed by May, 2014 when we begin the staged implementation of Differential Response in the first counties, Lane, Klamath and Lake Counties.
As you might expect, DHS child welfare will be continually evaluating the impact of these resources for the families that access them. There is a complexity to this analysis because frequently, families access multiple services. Our goal and the goal of our communities is to keep children safe and increase the strength and resiliency of families. Our ability to join with our local partners and look at the effectiveness of the service array will increase our success and the success of our families.
Learn more about Oregon's DR implementation.
|IDD Awareness Focuses on Employment|
The Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) held its annual Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Celebration on March 7 at the Capitol, which included a ceremony attended by more than 150 people for the DD Champion Advocacy Awards.
This year’s theme focused on employment and youth transition. OCDD Executive Director Jaime Daignault opened the event by addressing the importance of providing employment services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
“In line with local and national Employment First efforts, we believe that with high expectations, opportunity, appropriate support and the right job match, people experiencing intellectual and developmental disabilities can get and keep regular jobs in the community,” she said.
Erinn Kelley-Siel, director of the Department of Human Services, and Sarah Drinkwater, assistant superintendent in the Department of Education’s Student Services Unit, spoke at the event, along with Rep. Sara Gelser, who read the Governor’s Proclamation declaring March 2014 as Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.
Kelley-Siel said the state is focused on growing capacity to support more individuals with I/DD to live and work in the most integrated community settings appropriate to their needs, abilities and choices.
“In the last year, I’ve had the privilege of spending time with individuals and their families, and if there was one message that I heard consistently, it was the message that expectations, and support that reinforces those expectations, change lives,” she said.
The DD Champion awards were presented to:
- Molly Elliot, vice president of Eugene-based KindTree - Autism Rocks. Elliot spent 40 years developing inclusive recreation programs for people with disabilities. After retiring, she started volunteering at Kind Tree Autism where she has developed a new program focused on youth transitioning from school to adult life.
- Ruth Morris, vice chair of the Oregon Self-Advocacy Coalition. Morris has been involved in People First since the 1960s. She has also been a member of the Community Advocacy Council at the University of Oregon’s Center on Human Development for more than a decade. She was recognized for her advocacy for herself and other people with developmental disabilities.
- Marilee Bell, operations and policy analyst with the Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS). Bell was recognized for significant leadership, advocacy, and guidance to others in her work on behalf of individuals and families experiencing developmental disabilities. She began her career at age 22 helping children and families transition into Salem public schools with the passage of Public Law 94-142 (Education of All Handicapped Children Act), now known as IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act).
In addition, an award was presented to state Sen. Chip Shields, for his support of integrated employment for individuals with I/DD. Kaaren Londahl, who works in his office creating and sending out birthday cards to voters in northeast Portland, presented the plaque to Sen. Shields.
“Having Kaaren in our office has really upped the level of correspondence we have with our constituents,” he said. “She provides a great service so I am just humbled and honored to receive this honor.”