Oregon is invested in planning to successfully address the needs and demands of our growing older population. With the recent passage of Senate Bill 21, Oregon is able to proactively:
• Develop and implement strategies to serve seniors and persons with disabilities in their own homes and community settings of their own choosing;
• Develop and implement strategies designed to support independence and delay the entry of individuals into publicly funded long term services and supports; and
• Develop and implement strategies to serve individuals equitably in a culturally and linguistically responsive manner.
Long-Term Care 3.0 (LTC 3.0) is about moving our system to the next step.
Here's why we need to do this: the projected number of people 65 and older in 2020 will be nearly 800,000. This is an increase to about 20% of the Oregon population by the year 2040. Amongst those people, people over age 85 will be the fastest growing segment of the population. The number of younger adults with disabilities who receive DHS benefits is also growing.
Today, about 80,000 people with disabilities receive benefits from DHS. This is an increase from just under 50,000 people in 2006, which is an additional 30,000 people over a six year time span.
In a previous tour of Oregon communities, a majority of participants agreed the time to plan is now.
We invite you to review the work of the SB21 Steering Committee. There will be opportunities throughout this process for public input and comment. We will need YOUR input in helping us design the future of long-term services and supports in Oregon.