Friday, March 24
O4AD will host our weekly Legislative Conference Call on Friday, March 24 at 11 am. This week, we are pleased to have n4a, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (O4AD's National Organization) join us to give an update from DC. With many things going on that have a potential to impact services for seniors, this update is very timely.
Join us tomorrow!
Friday, March 24, 2017. 11:00 am
Dial in: 1-866-200-5786
Participant Code: 835329
Ways & Means Public TestimonyOn Tuesday, March 28, the Ways & Means Human Services Subcommittee will be taking public testimony on a variety of different program areas within the Department of Human Services (DHS). Included will be Aging & People with Disabilities, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Vocational Rehabilitation. Public testimony will be limited to 2-3 minutes per person.
Ways & Means Human Services Subcommittee
Tuesday, March 28 2017
Hearing Room F
You may also submit written testimony, which we encourage.
- To submit written testimony to this Subcommittee, please email: email@example.com and please reference SB 5526 (the budget bill for the Department of Human Services which will contain the Aging and People with Disabilities program area).
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 Human Services Committee HERE, on the Oregon Legislative website.
You may also access Ways & Means Human Services and Full Ways & Means membership, Districts, major cities and counties in their districts, corresponding Area Agency and contact information on O4AD's website. Click HERE to access this information to make your contacts.
For more information or if you have questions, please contact O4AD at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to help answer questions and provide as much information as we have available.
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!