As Oregon's Legislative Session began their work last week, we saw more bills being introduced and committees begin the process of informational hearings and vetting concepts for consideration.
THIS WEEK -
This week, the Department of Human Services will begin their presentations on programs and services in the Joint Subcommittee of Human Services in Ways & Means. This is an opportunity for the Department to provide an overview of programs, services and talk about priorities, issues and challenges.
DHS begins their overview on Tuesday, January 29 in the Subcommittee, Hearing Room F at 8:30 am. The current schedule (always subject to change) is:
Tuesday, January 29 - Agency Overview
Wednesday, January 30 - Aging & People with Disabilities Overview
Thursday, January 31 - Aging & People with Disabilities Overview
You can follow this committee and hearing at the committee webpage. The materials for Tuesday's presentation are now posted and further presentations will be updated.
O4AD will update on these hearings in our next Legislative update!
Hearings and Committees
Oregon's Legislature continues Committee meetings this week. With a large number of committees and many new members serving on committees with new subject matter for them, this session will require important education and advocacy by advocates.
You can learn more about Legislative Committees HERE.
You can find current membership of Legislative Committees HERE.
And you can follow current agendas for Committees HERE.
O4AD will also update on bills in Committees that are of interest ~
Monday, January 28
SB 526 - This bill directs OHA to study home visiting by licensed health care providers.
SB 134 - This bill requires CCOs to develop standardized systems of care to use when assessing individuals
Tuesday, January 30
HB 5026 - This is the Department of Human Services Budget bill. Their informational hearings will begin this week (see above)
SB 31 - This bill permits the Oregon Public Guardian and Conservator to establish county, regional and statewide high risk teams to determine safety risks facing highly vulnerable individuals.
SB 30 - This bill permits the guardian to change abode or placement of adult person without a 15 day notice under certain conditions.
HB 2302 - This bill appropriates money to the General Assistance project.
Wednesday, January 31
SB 175 - This bill requires DHS and OHA to convene a stakeholder group to develop recommendations to ensure that individuals being served by other agencies have access to mental health and substance abuse programs as well as long term care services.
SB 174 - This bill creates a Center of Excellence on Behavioral Health for Older Adults and People with Disabilities
SB 167 - This bill aligns definitions in mental health services bill of rights with definitions applicable to reporting of abuse of persons with mental illness.
*Please note, bills can be added or removed to hearing schedules at any time. Please consult the latest agenda/schedule for the bill (available via the bill's link above) to learn the latest information.
You can access O4AD's bill tracking report, latest bill calendar and the Committee Schedule via our website HERE.
We look forward to hearing your voice as we work towards securing supports and services for older adults and people with disabilities. There are many ways to engage and O4AD is working to help you stay updated on the process and how you can help impact the work here in Salem at the Capitol:
- Legislative Conference Calls - O4AD will begin our Legislative Conference calls, which will be held every FRIDAY, at 10:30 am during session (there may be some dates that will be canceled and we will send out notice ahead of time.) Join us for a quick update on the week in the Capitol, upcoming events or opportunities for advocacy and issues for engagement.
Fridays, starting January 25
Call in: 1-888-788-0099
Meeting ID: 617 015 825
You may also join via computer via Join Zoom Meeting
We hope you can join us this Friday!
- Legislative Emails - O4AD will be publishing weekly email updates during the 2019 Session. If you are not on our list, go to http://www.o4ad.org and enter your information on the front page. It's that easy!
For more information, contact O4AD at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.463.8692
O4AD advocates for the independence, dignity, choice and safety of Oregon’s seniors and people with disabilities. http://www.o4ad.org