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DHS news release

Oct. 30, 2007

Media contact: Patricia Feeny, 503-945-6955
Technical contact: Diana Norton, 503-945-6405, TTY 503-945-9782

Public meeting set on CNA staffing rule revision

The Department of Human Services is seeking comment on a rule change that would require more certified nursing assistants per resident in Oregon nursing facilities.

The Seniors and People with Disabilities Division will hold a pubic meeting to discuss the fiscal impact of the rule change Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 9 a.m. in the auditorium of the Department of Veterans Affairs building, 700 Summer St. NE, Salem.

Gov. Ted Kulongoski appointed a Nursing Facility Staffing Commission in July 2006 to study CNA staffing ratios in an effort to improve the quality of service for Oregon's nursing facility residents.

The department is seeking comment from providers who may be financially affected by the proposed rule change, as well as from nursing facility residents and family members, senior service organizations, other interested parties and the general public.

Written comments may be submitted before the meeting by mail to Mike McCormick, DHS Planning and Rate Setting Unit, Seniors and People with Disabilities Division, 500 Summer Street NE, E-18, Salem, OR 97301-1074; by fax to 503-947-5044, or by e-mail to Mike.R.McCormick@state.or.us.