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DHS news release

September 5, 2006


Contact: Cheryl Sanders 503-378-2733

Oregon Home Care Commission meets September 7

Who: Oregon Home Care Commission

What: Public meeting

When: September 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Self-Sufficiency Office, Conference Room 100, 3420 Cherry Avenue NE, Keizer, Ore.

Major agenda items include:

10:15 a.m. Public testimony
10:30 a.m. Executive director report
11 a.m. Registry update
11:30 a.m. Training update
12:15 p.m. HCC personnel policy
1:30 p.m. Executive session – ORS 192.640(2), ORS 192.610-192.690

Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for individuals requesting assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters or large-print materials. Individuals needing these types of accommodations may call DHS at 503-378-4984 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

The Commission is responsible for ensuring the quality of publicly funded in-home care services. The Commission has three major charges: (1) to define qualifications of home care workers; (2) to create a statewide registry of home care workers; and (3) to provide training opportunities for home care workers. Beyond these responsibilities, the Home Care Commission is also the "employer of record" for purposes of collective bargaining for home care workers whose pay comes from public funds.