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DHS news release

Nov. 14, 2006

Contact: Cheryl Sanders, 503-378-2733

Home Care Commission to hold conference call Nov. 15

Who: Oregon Home Care Commission

What: Conference call, 503-378-3370

When: Nov. 15, 2006, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The purpose of the conference call is to discuss recent public testimony about policies related to home care workers.

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.