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DHS news release

September 29, 2006


Program contact: Cheryl Sanders 503-378-2733

Media contact: Tom Towslee 503-947-5207


Oregon Home Care Commission meets October 5, subcommittees October 4

Who: Oregon Home Care Commission

What: Public meeting

When: October 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

Agenda items include public Testimony (10:15 a.m.), executive director report (10:25 a.m.), budget update (10:45 a.m.), independent choices update (11:15 a.m.), registry update (11:30 a.m.), training update (noon), committee member recommendations and process (12:30 p.m.), Oregon State Independent Living Council update (1 p.m.).

The commission's training committee will hold a public meeting October 4 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the same location. Agenda items include reports on training, project updates and the professional development program. The Training Committee's mission is to provide training opportunities for homecare workers and consumers.

The commission's registry committee will hold a public meeting October 4 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the same location. Agenda items include review of Seniors and People with Disabilities issues document, registry and referral system screens and testing plans. The registry committee's mission is to establish and maintain a registry of qualified homecare workers.

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, which is responsible for ensuring the quality of publicly funded in-home care services, 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.