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DHS news release

February 23, 2007

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

Oregon Home Care Commission meets Feb.28 - March 1

Who: Oregon Home Care Commission

What: Public meetings

When: Registry Subcommittee, February 28, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.; full commission, March 1, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Home Care Commission, 676 Church St. NE, Salem, OR 97301

Agenda items for the full commission include public testimony (10:15 a.m.), training update (10:20 a.m.), registry update (10:45 a.m.), HCC budget (11 a.m.), and executive director's report (11:15 a.m.). The commission will hold an executive session 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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