The 2016 November election is one of the most watched election cycles in recent history. With many issues and candidates making their cases, your voice and your vote count!
Ballots will start showing up in mailboxes soon. Oregon utilizes a Vote-By-Mail system to help all voters have easy access to voting.
In conjunction with the Oregon Secretary of State, Disability Rights Oregon has produced the Easy Voting Guide for statewide races and ballot measures. The guide is designed to be accessible for individuals with disabilities. You can view this guide at http://easyvotingguide.org.
The right to vote privately and independently is important. If an individual needs assistance to fill out a ballot, the Elections Division offers accommodations. Accommodations include
- Large print ballot
- Alternate format ballot
- Tablet format ballot
- Voter assistance team
- Designated individual to help you vote
- Signature stamp attestation
Disability Rights Oregon has launched a Voter Hotline (1-888-339-8683) for voters with disabilities. DRO can help you:
- Get in touch with the Elections Office
- Get answers to voting questions including accommodations
- File a complaint
Department of Human Services Agency Request Budget 2017-19
Oregon State Agencies complete their Agency Request Budget (ARB) for each biennium, generally submitting them during the summer. As a part of this process, the Agency shares their program areas, service delivery programs and their budget request for consideration by the Governor's Office. Agency Request Budgets are part of the information used by the Governor to create the Governor's Request Budget for the new biennium. A required element of the ARB is a "Reduction List", mandated for every state agency. In the reduction list. agencies must list how they would achieve up to 10% in reductions to their biennial budget.
In their continued effort to keep stakeholders informed, DHS has posted their Agency Request Budget online for review. You can access this at: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/ABOUTDHS/DHSBUDGET/20172019Budget/dhs-2017-19-arb.pdf. This document is over 1,000 pages long. However, O4AD has posted segments of this to our website (click HERE to access the O4AD website):
- Agency Request Budget: Click HERE
- 17-19 Aging and People with Disabilities Division Budget: Click HERE
- 17-19 Policy Option Package Tracking: Click HERE
- 17-19 Policy Option Package Summaries: Click HERE
- 17-19 10% Reduction List: Click HERE
- 17-19 DHS Proposed Legislative Concepts List: Click HERE
Please contact us with any questions on the budget process - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Department of Human Services Stakeholder Meetings
The Oregon Department of Human Services hosted their most recent Stakeholder meeting in September. The goal of these meetings as expressed by the Department has been to increase transparency and communication with stakeholders and give insights into the work of the Department.
The Department and Director Clyde Saiki shared perspective on the upcoming budget cycle and challenges facing the Department given current revenue projections. Ashley Carson-Cottingham, Director of the Aging and People with Disabilities Division (APD), discussed the current priorities of APD - sustainability of the Medicaid Long Term Services and Supports system and a strong focus on consumer safety. She shared that further revisions to the Live In program and Medicaid Service Priority Level Assessment will be delayed until the beginning of 2017 in order to give more time for consideration of the many factors involved in these programs.
APD has a Legislative Concept (see above) that is a consumer bill of rights for those receiving care in a facility. They are also looking at other proposals around safety.
O4AD strongly supports DHS in holding stakeholder meetings to engage the voice of those who work with the Department on behalf of consumers.
The Oregon Health Authority also held their Stakeholder meeting and their budget documents and presentations from their meeting is amiable on their website at this link: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/Pages/budget-legislative.aspx
Oregon Health Policy Board Seeking Input
The Oregon Health Policy Board, which is tasked with oversight to the Oregon Health Authority, has hosted a series of listening sessions around the state regarding Health System Transformation and the future of Oregon's CCO (Coordinated Care Organization) system of providing care for Medicaid consumers. While the listening sessions have concluded, they are seeking input via an online survey. Take a moment to complete the survey and share your perspective. The survey is accessible via this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OHPB
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