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DHS news release

July 16, 2004

Contact: Jim Sellers (503) 945-5738
Program contact: Cindy Becker, deputy director, (503) 945-5944

DHS seeks public input on budget priorities, reduction options

Five public meetings are scheduled in Portland, Salem, Medford, Bend and Newport in late July and early August to receive public comment on budget recommendations the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) will make to the governor's office.

The department is seeking feedback on the proposed agency budget for the 2005-07 biennium. The proposals include options to improve programs, protect vulnerable populations, deliver more community-based services and strengthen accountability.

Agency recommendations are due Sept. 1 to the governor, who in turn will propose a 2005-07 state budget to the Oregon Legislature.

The department is also seeking input on its possible budget reductions, which it is required to propose by state statute.

"DHS has a long history of relying on input from the public to help shape how we deliver our programs and improve services," said DHS Director Gary Weeks.

The five meetings will be in:

  • Medford: 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, July 27 - Smullin Health and Education Center, 2825 E. Barnett Rd., adjacent to Rogue Valley Medical Center.
  • Bend: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, July 29 - Lewis and Clark room in the DHS building, 1300 N.W. Wall St.
  • Salem: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday, July 30 - McKenzie room in Cascade Hall, Oregon State Fairgrounds.
  • Portland: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Aug. 2 - Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs, 4134 N. Vancouver Ave.
  • Newport: 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Aug. 3 - conference rooms A and B, DHS child-welfare building, 119 N.E. Fourth St.
Weeks and agency assistant directors will devote the first half of the two-hour meetings outlining the proposals. Public participants will spend the second hour in small groups sharing their comments with DHS leaders.

The full list of budget proposals will be available July 20 on the DHS Web site. Comment can also be e-mailed to: dhs.budget-input@state.or.us