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Residential Facilities Ombudsman Program

 

The Office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman is pleased to announce the new Residential Facilities Ombudsman Program has begun development as of September 2015. When initial development is complete, the program will assist individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities or mental health conditions with advocacy related to residential care issues. Residential facilities supported will include those licensed or certified by the Department of Human Services or Health Services to serve individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities or mental health conditions.

 

The program was established by the Legislature in passing Senate Bill 626 in 2013. The Residential Facilities Ombudsman program will be developed in consultation with the Ombudsman and the Oregon Residential Facilities Advisory Committee.  Input will also be sought from individuals, groups representing individuals experiencing Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities or mental health conditions, residential care providers, human services community partners, health care organizations, as well as local and state governmental officials.

 

The program began taking active referrals and calls in Summer 2016.