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DHS news release

March 31, 2008
Media contact: Cary Greenwood, 503-945-6069; 503-602-9221
Program contact: Cheryl Sanders, 503-378-2733


Oregon Home Care Commission meets April 2 and 3

Who: Oregon Home Care Commission

What: Public meetings

When: Drug-Free Policy Subcommittee, April 2, 10 a.m. - noon
Training Subcommittee, April 2, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Emergency Preparedness Subcommittee, April 2, 3 - 4 p.m.
Full commission, April 3, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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

Agenda items for the full commission include public testimony (10:15 a.m.), HCC budget (11 a.m.), registry update (11:30 a.m.), training update (11:45 a.m.), drug-free policy update (12:15 p.m.), and executive director's report (12:45 p.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 1-800-358-3117 at least 48 hours before the meeting.