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DHS news release

July 26, 2007

Contact:  Cheryl Sanders, 503-378-2733

Oregon Home Care Commission meets August 1 and 2  

Who: Oregon Home Care Commission


What: Public meetings


When:  Drug Testing Subcommittee, Aug. 1, 10 a.m. to noon

           Training Subcommittee, Aug.1,1 to 2:30 p.m.

           Registry Subcommittee, Aug.1, 3 to 5 p.m.

           Full Commission, Aug. 2, 10 a.m. to noon


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


Agenda items for the full Commission include Public Testimony (10:15 a.m.), HCC Budget (10:25 a.m.), Training Update (10:35 a.m.), Registry Update (10:45 a.m.), Drug-Free Workplace Update (10:55 a.m.), Executive Director’s Report (11:05 a.m.).  The Commission will hold an Executive Session (ORS 192.610-192.710) from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. to discuss labor negotiations with governing body's representative.  (ORS 192.660)(1)(d)


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.