DHS Budget Overview & Presentations Begin Next Week! March 9, 2017
Ways & Means Human Services Begin Hearing DHS Budget Next week.
Starting Tuesday, March 14, the Human Services Subcommittee of Ways & Means will begin to hear from the Department of Human Services on their various program areas and services. The current schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, March 14. 8:30 am. Hearing Room F. DHS Agency Overview
Wednesday, March 15. 8:30 am. Hearing Room H170 (Note change of hearing room). Aging & People with Disabilities Overview
Thursday, March 16. 8:30 am. Hearing Room H170. Aging & People with Disabilities.
You may access the Committee Agendas via the Committee webpage located HERE.
Take Action on Behalf of Seniors and People with Disabilities Next Week!
During hearings on the DHS Aging and Disability budget, it is an ideal opportunity to make contact with Committee Members to advocate for the protection of services and supports for our vulnerable populations. Take a moment to contact Committee Members and let them know it is critical to preserve and protect long term services and support including:
- Protecting current funding for Oregon Project Independence for Older Adults - $21 million
- Protecting current funding for Oregon Project Independence for the pilot project to serve People with Disabilities - $6 million
- Preserve Current Service Level in Long Term Services and Supports
- Protect the aging and disability infrastructure and network that enables access to care for our vulnerable individuals.
Representative Dan Rayfield - Co Chair. (Benton County/Corvallis). firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Sara Gelser (Linn & Benton Counties/Corvallis, Albany, Tangent, Philomath, Millersburg, unincorporated parts of Linn & Benton Counties). email@example.com
Senator Jackie Winters (Marion County/Salem). firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Teresa Alonso Leon(Marion County/Woodburn). email@example.com
Representative Knute Buehler (Deschutes County/Bend). firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Cedric Hayden (Lane, Douglas Counties/Roseburg, Cottage Grove). email@example.com
Representative Sheri Malstrom (Washington & Multnomah Counties/SW Portland & Beaverton). firstname.lastname@example.org
For a full list and office contact information, please click HERE.
Use next week's hearings as an opportunity to reach out to the Committee or your own legislator to talk about the importance of protecting our vulnerable citizens and their independence, dignity, choice and safety.
You can access O4AD's Talking Points on Oregon Project Independence (OPI) HERE.
You can access O4AD's Talking Points on budget HERE.
You may access Ways & Means Human Services and Full Ways & Means Committee Membership and contact information HERE.
You can access contact information for all House & Senate Members HERE.
Ways & Means Budget Hearings AddedThis week, additional hearings for Ways & Means on Oregon's budget were announced. Video conference hearings have been added for the South Coast area and Eastern Oregon. The Ways & Means Committee will meet in Salem and video conference into these areas in order to gain input from individuals:
Thursday, March 16 – Coos Bay
5 to 6 p.m. PT
Southwestern Oregon Community College
1988 Newmark Ave, Coos Bay
Thursday, March 16 – Ontario
7 to 8 p.m. MT
Laura Moore Cunningham Science Center
Treasure Valley Community College
650 College Blvd, Ontario
Hearings will open approximately one hour prior to the start time to allow for sign up to testify. You may also submit written testimony, which we encourage.
- To submit written testimony, please email: email@example.com
Oregon's budget writers are facing an unprecedented challenge in balancing the needs of Oregonians with limited budget dollars. There is a potential for dramatic reductions which would impact budget areas including human services and seniors and people with disabilities. The Governor's Recommended Budget proposed severe reductions to Oregon Project Independence (OPI) including
- 75% reduction in funding to OPI for Seniors
- Complete elimination of the OPI program for People with Disabilities
The Budget Co-Chairs have released their "budget framework" which outlines the current budget situation the state faces and the gaps in funding. The "Existing Resources Budget Framework" explains the state’s $1.8 billion budget shortfall and outlining potential cuts to programs.
O4AD has information for your use in the budget conversation. You can access our talking points on our website, bill tracking reports, bill calendars and more information on the Session at:
There you will find:
1. Oregon Project Independence - Cost Comparisons. Why investing and protecting OPI makes sense for Oregon's budget. Click HERE for these talking points.
2. O4AD Budget Priorities - O4AD has issued our priorities for Oregon's budget writers. Click HERE for these talking points.
3. Learn about the history of OPI and the instability this program has faced in secure and stable funding. Click HERE for this overview.
You may access the membership of the Ways & Means Committee HERE, on the Oregon Legislative website.
O4AD Legislative Conference Call This Week
Join O4AD for our weekly Legislative Conference Call. This is an opportunity to hear what's happening in the building, ask questions on bills, and stay up to date as the Session moves forward. This week, the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs will join us to talk about the variety of Veterans related bills that have been introduced.
Call in Information
Friday, March 10, 2017. 11:00 am
Dial in: 1-866-200-5786 (toll-free)
Participant Code: 835329
O4AD Advocacy Check In - March 16
O4AD is hosting our first Advocacy Check in on March 16, Room 350 in the Capitol. Advocacy Check Ins are an opportunity for senior and disability advocates to come to the Capitol, have a convenient space to take a break, ask questions, grab a cup of coffee or tea and become better acquainted with the Capitol. It is our goal to make the Capitol as accessible as possible. If you are considering coming to the Capitol, consider one of our Advocacy Check in Days. We want to make your visit as convenient as possible. Thursday, March 16 is also the second day of hearings on the Department of Human Services.
Room 350 will be open starting at 8 am. Come on by!
Your voice matters! Plan to attend a hearing, send in comments to the Committee or find other ways to engage in this important conversation on protecting and preserving services for Oregon's older adults and people with disabilities. Your Voice Matters!
Do not hesitate to contact O4AD with any questions - firstname.lastname@example.org