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DHS news release

Oct. 31, 2006

Media contact: Tom Towslee, 503-947-5207
Program contact: Yvonne Fleming, 503-378-4984

Home Care Commission to meet Thursday, Nov. 2

Who: Home Care Commission
What: Public meeting
When: Nov. 2, 2006, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Self-Sufficiency Office, Conference Room 100, 3420 Cherry Ave. NE, Keizer, Oregon

Agenda items include:
10:15 a.m. Public Testimony
11:15 a.m. Relative Foster Care and Provider Vouchers
12:15 p.m. Registry Update
12:45 p.m. Training Update
1:30 p.m. HCC/SILC Employer Training Update
2 p.m. Executive Director Report

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.

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.