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DHS news release

Jan. 25, 2007

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


Home Care Commission to meet Jan. 31- Feb. 1

Who: Home Care Commission

What: Public meetings


Training Subcommittee, Jan. 31, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Registry Subcommittee, Jan. 31, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Full Commission, Feb. 1, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Home Care Commission offices, 676 Church Street NE, Salem, OR

Agenda items for the full commission include public testimony (10:15 a.m.), updates on training (10:45 a.m.) and registry (11 a.m.) and the Future of Long Term Care (12:30 p.m.). The commission will hold an executive session beginning at 11:30 a.m.

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 should call DHS at 503-378-4984 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

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