Legislative Committee Days This Week
As we speed towards the February Session, the Legislature will meet this week in Salem to convene Legislative Committee Days. Meeting Tuesday, January 12th through Thursday, January 14th, Legislative Committees will be meeting to discuss upcoming legislative concepts, initiatives, priorities and hear from State agencies and others on a wide variety of topics.
Some hearings that may be of interest to advocates:
Senate Finance & Revenue. 1/13/16. 2 pm. This committee will discuss the impacts of the Broad Gross Receipts Tax, the topic of ballot measures this fall.
Senate Health Care. 1/13/16. 8 am. This committee will be discussing a number of health care related issues including: Health insurance marketplace and reviewing legislative concepts that may be introduced during the 2016 Session. Topics for those LCs include charitable prescription drug program and Coordinated Care Organizations.
Senate Human Services & Early Childhood. 1/14/16. 8 am. This Committee will be hearing from the Department of Human Services and Intern Director Clyde Saiki on the recently reported issues in child safety. The Committee will also discuss potential Legislative Concepts for the 2016 session with topics to include: charitable prescription drug program, Children's Safety & Dignity Bill and Children's Residential Licensing bill. Oregon Health Authority Director Lynne Saxton will also be discussing the recent Statewide Mental Health Listening Tour.
Senate Judiciary. 1/15/16. 2 pm. This Committee will hear a presentation on a Legislative Concept for the 2016 session regarding Elder Abuse Facility Review Teams.
House Health Care. 1/13/16. 2 pm. This Committee will have an informational hearing with updates from the Oregon Health Authority Director Lynne Saxton. Topics will include: Medicaid enrollment system, Length of the OHP eligibility form, Final 2016 CCO contracts and the status of the OHP waiver request. Legislative Concepts will also be reviewed and will include a Legislative Concept regarding the Basic Health Program and 1332 Waiver (LC 130).
House Human Services & Housing. 1/14/16. 2 pm. This Committee will have an informational hearing on the Oregon Housing & Community Services Department, and a report on housing needs. There will also be an update on the Department of Human Services from Clyde Saiki, Interim Director of DHS.
House Judiciary. 1/15/16. 2 pm. This committee will also hear a presentation on the Legislative Concept regarding Elder Abuse Facility Review Teams (LC 270).
Ways & Means Subcommittee on Human Services. 1/14/16. 8:30 am. This budget committee will hear a number of reports including: Department of Human Services Rebalance Report, Oregon Health Authority Rebalance Report, Oregon Health Authority Enrollment in the Oregon Health Plan and Department of Consumer & Business Services Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace.
You can access information on Legislative Committee Days, hearings and committees via the Oregon Legislative website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov. The website includes agendas, copies of Legislative Concepts when they are available and you can listen to hearings online.
Take a look at Committee Agendas here: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/LIZ/Committees/Meeting/List
Access Legislative Audio and Video here: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/citizen_engagement/Pages/Legislative-Video.aspx
And learn about the purpose and intent of Legislative Committee Days here: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/Pages/CommDays.aspx
Make Your Voice Heard!
For the 2016 session, O4AD will be joining with the Campaign for Oregon's Seniors & People with Disabilities to highlight the issue of elder abuse and the need for smart investments in programs such as the Gatekeeper Program during the legislative action day, Thursday, February 4, 2016. More information to come but mark your calendar now to join in and make your voice heard on the importance of investing in community based programs to lower the incidences of abuse to seniors and people with disabilities.
Elder abuse in Oregon -
a rise in community abuse calls for cost effective, community based interventions.
With the Oregon Office of Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigation (OAAPI), a division of the Oregon Department of Human Services, reporting a rise in community based abuse of vulnerable adults, including seniors, there is a great need for outreach and increasing reporting of potentially dangerous situations.
The Oregon Office of Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigation (OAAPI), a division of the Department of Human Services (DHS) most recent annual report indicated a rise in community based abuse versus a facility or other care setting.
The Statesman Journal recently reported on this disturbing trend noting an 'uptick in financial exploitation and neglect and... an uptick in self neglect," (Read the October 15, 2015 article HERE.
Abuse comes at a cost to everyone. Read about the dramatic costs of abuse not only to the individual who is victimized but also to our health care system, financial systems, families, and programs and services HERE.
The Gatekeeper program, eliminated in the 2015 Legislative Session, is a cost effective, community based program that helps community members know how to identify and report suspected incidences of abuse and neglect. With the rise in abuse in our state of vulnerable adults, now is the time to reinstate funding for this program. Over 8,000 individuals were able to be trained through the Gatekeeper program in identifying and reporting potential abuse and neglect and over 400 calls were made to Adult Protective Services as a result of this critical training.
Check out O4AD's one pager on the importance of the Gatekeeper Program and the need to reinstate funding for this important abuse intervention via our website (http://www.o4ad.org) at Information/Useful Links & Documents or just click HERE. Share with your legislators and watch for more opportunities to be engaged on helping to reinstate this program during the February session!
Department of Human Services Rebalance
In a move applauded by O4AD, DHS Interim Director Clyde Saiki shared information with stakeholders regarding the state of the DHS budget and budget needs for the 2015-17 biennium. Due to a variety of difference of different issues which will be discussed during Legislative Day (please see above), the Department anticipates a shortfall from the LAB (Legislatively Approved Budget) in funds available. However, Director Saiki shared that the Legislature is committed to helping DHS fill these gaps and is optimistic this may come with as little disruption as possible. While there are no guarantees, the commitment of the Legislature to work with DHS to mitigate impacts to individuals being served is important. O4AD will continue to monitor this closely and will update as we learn more information.
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