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DHS news release



May 6, 2008


Media contact: Cary Greenwood, 503-945-6069; 503-602-9221


Program contact:   Dawn Rustrum 503-947-5104

Governor's Commission on Senior Services to meet in Ontario May 22 and 23



The Governor’s Commission on Senior Services will meet in Ontario May 22 and 23 at Holy Rosary Medical Center, 351 S.W. 9 Street. The group will hold a reception the morning of May 22 for the public to meet the members of the commission.


On May 22 the commission will hold three separate standing committee meetings—Elder Abuse, Caregivers, and Mental Health—at which local service providers and consumers of services will meet with the commission.  The public is invited to participate and provide input.  From noon – 12:50 p.m. a public forum opportunity will be available for citizens to talk with the commission about the needs of their community.


On May 23 the commission will hold a second public forum opportunity from 8:30 – 9:50 a.m. and will conduct its business meeting from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. From noon to 1 p.m. representatives of the Malheur Council on Aging will offer a presentation on the council’s programs and services available to seniors.


Agenda: May 22 agenda items include an informal reception with commission members, 9 – 9:45 a.m.; Elder Abuse Committee, 10 – 11:50 a.m.; public forum on local community needs, 12 – 12:50 p.m.; Caregivers Committee, 1 – 2:50 p.m.; and Mental Health Committee, 3 – 4:50 p.m. Lunch will not be provided; members of the public are encouraged to bring a lunch.


May 23 agenda items include public forum on local community needs, 8:30 – 9:50 a.m., and full commission meeting, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

The agenda is posted on the Governor's Commission on Senior Services Web site.


The Governor's Commission on Senior Services is charged in Oregon statute with advising the governor and the director of the Department Human Services on needs of elderly persons, and recommending actions by the governor, the DHS, other governmental entities and the private sector, appropriate to meet such needs.


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 1-800-282-8096 at least three days in advance of the meeting.