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DHS news release

May 5, 2006


Contact: Tom Towslee (503) 947-5207

DHS schedules seven sessions to hear public opinion about budget

What do Oregonians think should be in the state human services budget?

To find out, Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) officials have scheduled seven public meetings to seek comment from partners, providers and the public.

"We will make recommendations to Governor Kulongoski only after hearing people's best thinking," DHS Director Bruce Goldberg said Monday. "Our agenda for these meetings is to listen."

Goldberg said six meetings and an Eastern Oregon videoconference are scheduled:

  • Bend on May 8 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at DHS offices, 1300 N.W. Wall St.
  • La Grande, Pendleton and Ontario videoconference on May 12 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Pacific time). The La Grande session will be at DHS offices, 1607 Gekeler Lane; Pendleton at DHS offices, 1555 Southgate Place; and Ontario at DHS offices at 186 East Lane (Hope room of suite 2). Participants will talk with DHS program leaders by videoconference, with a local manager leading the discussion.
  • Salem on May 16 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Cascade Hall at Oregon State Fairgrounds, 2330 17th St., N.E.
  • Eugene on May 22 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Eugene Public Library, 100 W. 10th Ave.
  • Medford on May 23 from 9 a.m. to noon in the large community meeting room at Jackson County Main Library, 205 S. Central.
  • Portland on May 25 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Weyerhaeuser room of the Memorial Coliseum, 300 Winning Way, in the Rose Quarter district.
  • Newport on June 1 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Mariner room of the Embarcadero, 1000 S.E. Bay Blvd.

Sign-language interpreters will be provided at all sites except those for the videoconference; all sites are accessible to people with disabilities.

At the meetings, Goldberg said, he will make a brief introduction after which participants will meet in small groups with program leaders from DHS Children, Adults and Families; Office of Medical Assistance Programs: Office of Mental Health and Addiction Services; Public Health; and Seniors and People with Disabilities. The Eastern Oregon videoconference with DHS leadership, which will be moderated by a local manager, is being held in three cities to increase the potential number of people who can participate.

DHS will make its recommendations this summer to the governor, who in turn will deliver his 2007-09 budget proposal to the Legislature and the public on Dec. 1.

DHS is the state's health and human services agency responsible for delivering self-sufficiency, child welfare, mental health, public health, Medicaid, nutrition, long-term care and related services.