Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

What is Compass?

In the fall of 2017, the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS) launched the Compass Project. The Compass Project is a large body of work that includes:

  • Developing and implementing the Oregon Needs Assessment
  • Reorienting our focus to person-centered planning 
  • Various rate setting efforts
  • Policy changes 
  • Waiver and K Plan revisions
  • Updates to the eXPRS system

The name Compass was chosen to highlight our agency’s reorientation to our North Star of person-centered-planning. Read more here


Over the past few years, ODDS and stakeholders have done a lot of work to agree on our core values. This work will help ODDS make decisions about the future of services and supports.

Starting in the summer of 2013, with the approval of the K Plan, Oregon’s services for people with I/DD were available to more people and provided more supports. This change honored many of our core values of self-determination, choice, community and independence. However, the rapid growth in services and costs raised serious concerns. ODDS needed to find a way to balance providing necessary services and staying within the Legislatively Adopted Budget.

In September 2016, ODDS started an effort at the Oregon Legislature’s direction “to take action to more efficiently align service authorization with people’s needs, also consider appropriate limits.” ODDS's action reduced service levels for many people receiving in-home services. In April 2017, however, impacted individuals filed suit against ODDS and the U.S. District Court entered a preliminary injunction requiring ODDS to restore in-home service levels to their pre-November 1, 2016, levels. Those restored levels remain in effect today.

ODDS and our partners and stakeholders have has been working hard with our stakeholders and partners to create a future for I/DD services focused on person-centered-planning. In 2017, ODDS began work on an agency-wide Strategic Plan​ to define our long-term vision and goals for the system, the actions we must achieve over the next two years to make progress toward our vision, and how we will measure our success in making the changes. With those goals in mind we mapped out what changes we need to make and how to measure our progress.

What is next with Compass

One of the goals of the Compass Project is to make the I/DD service system work better and be easier to understand. In the past, ODDS used several needs assessments and other types of tools to identify needs, risks and level of care.

Oregon Needs Assessment

In summer 2018, ODDS will start using a new needs assessment. It is called the Oregon Needs Assessment, or ONA. The federal government requires that everyone have a needs assessment.

During 2018, the ONA will not change the amount of service you will have. At some point in 2019, the ONA may change the number of hours of service you receive if you live at home and may change the amount of funding providers are paid for other services.

ODDS will notify everyone who will be impacted in advance of any changes.​ Additionally, the ONA will replace some of the other tools that ODDS uses.
A funnel with three circles inside: "Level of Care", "Functional Needs Assessment" and "Enhanced Exceptional Assessment"  -> ONA
For this year, ODDS will continue to use the current tools and processes for the risk-identification tool, in-home service level allocations, and determining the rate paid to a provider based on tier.


Another change is who will do your assessment. For many people, your case manager did them in the past. Now, a new person, called an assessor, will do your assessment. Assessors ensure everyone is getting assessed the same way. Assessors are also trained to be objective when doing assessments.

Having someone do assessments who is not your case manager will let your case manager focus on helping you plan for your future. In fact, your case manager and the assessor will work together to support you through this new process. Your case manager can be with you at your assessment. You can also invite other people who can help you answer questions during the assessment. Read more here 

After the ONA

If you want a copy of your ONA, please ask for it. The assessor or your case manager can give you a copy when it is completed. The results will not be ready right away. If you have questions or do not think the ONA results accurately reflect your needs:

  • Talk to your case manager, they can follow up with the assessor
  • Talk to the assessor directly
  • File a complaint if you have disagreements or concerns. Your case manager or assessor can help you fill out the complaint or you can follow these steps to file a complaint.

Compass News​

9/6/2019Compass update
9/6/2019Public notice: Input sought on waiver amendments
1/25/2019Public notice and comment period open until Feb. 25, 2019 on various Medicaid waivers and plan amendments
7/6/2018Public notice and request for comment on 1915 (c) #40193, #40194, and #0565 waiver amendments
6/29/2018Compass Update - ONA and records review
5/2/2018Oregon Needs Assessment update
12/1/2017Compass Project update: A pause on some items
10/31/2017Compass Project Update: Next steps for the Oregon Needs Assessment
9/25/2017Launch of strategic planning process and introducing the Compass Project

The Future of Compass

Compass is a large project that will continue in 2019. We still have a lot of work to do to reach our goal of reorienting to our North Star of person-centered-planning. Find more about our efforts in the following areas: