Webinars Address HCBS Outcomes Measurement
Last year, staff worked to engage participants for a study of the National Quality Forum Framework for the University of Minnesota's Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on HCBS Outcomes Measurement. After conducting 58 groups amongst individuals with disabilities, family members, service providers and policymakers around the nation, we are ready to share with you the compelling results of our study.
The University of Minnesota RRTCOM plans to host two one-hour webinars that will explain the quantitative and qualitative feedback that we received in our national participatory groups.
The content of the webinars will be similar, but each will be geared toward a separate audience. Please choose whichever webinar best suits your needs. There will be opportunity for questions and interaction during the webinar.
Webinar for Service Providers and Administrators
Wednesday, November 15, 9 AM PST
Webinar Link for Providers and Administrators
(For toll free phone access: 866-282-7366)
WebEx Webinar Number: 740 477 357 (no password needed)
Webinar for Adults with Disabilities and Family Caregivers/Natural Supports
Friday, November 17, 9 AM PST
Webinar Link for Adults and Families
(For toll free phone access: 866-282-7366)
WebEx Webinar Number: 744 441 730 (no password needed)
Webinars are open to the public, so please feel free to share this invitation with any colleagues or friends that share your interest in home and community based service quality.
To help us plan for your participation, or to request a timely email reminder, please follow THIS LINK to indicate which webinar you hope to attend. We appreciate your RSVP.
We hope that you can join us! If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Kincade at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACL Announces Grant Recipients
As some of you may recall from previous editions of Week in Review, the Oregon Resource Association was among more than 100 organizations that applied for a grant through the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to help launch our Oregon Quality Initiative.
Sadly, ORA was not one of the three recipients. ACL announced the winning proposers on Friday. Living Well Georgia, the New Hampshire Quality Framework, and Project Living Well at Virginia Commonwealth University will all share $1.35 million over the next five years to focus on building the capacity of HCBS systems and enhancing community monitoring to prevent abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Their projects began on Oct 1.
SourceAmerica, WITSA Sign MOU
In an agreement designed to increase awareness and access to employment opportunities for the disability community, SourceAmerica signed a memorandum of understanding with World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA). Together, they intend to demonstrate how inclusion drives innovation.
“This agreement is a critical step in continuing to expand an inclusion economy,” said SourceAmerica President and CEO Steve Soroka. “With WITSA’s incredible reach and commitment to improving accessibility through technology, we’re better positioned to fulfill our shared mission.”
The MOU paves the way for joint efforts in data collection and dissemination, collaborative events and shared expertise in building a more inclusive economy. [Read More]
Medicaid Advisory Committee November 3, 2017
The monthly public meeting of the Medicaid Advisory Committee.
The committee will continue its work on the definition of Social determinants of health and receive a general Medicaid update. The Transformation Center will provide an overview of the role of CCOs in addressing social determinants of health. In addition, five panelists – including CCOs, a community health center, an early learning hub, and a regional health equity coalition - will also attend this meeting to present on their work and discuss the role of CCOs in addressing social determinants of health.
Medicaid Changes Still on the Table
No matter what happens with the Affordable Care Act or tax reform, all signs point to significant changes coming to Medicaid that will profoundly impact the services ORA members provide to Oregonians with disabilities.
While Republicans on Capitol Hill and CMS Secretary Seema Verma continue to espouse "unprecedented flexibility" for states in how they administer their Medicaid programs, it's become increasingly obvious that in practical terms that freedom will come with far fewer resources (i.e. dollars).
Tax Reform Could Take Out Johnson Amendment
Take Three Minutes TODAY to Tell Congress Not to make Nonprofits Political Tools
Tax reform legislation is due out this week and, if the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee follows through on his threat, it could include repeal of or revision to the Johnson Amendment, the longstanding protection in federal law that keeps divisive partisan politics out of charitable nonprofits, houses of worship, and foundations. Our ability to focus on our missions without interference by partisan powers is under attack. Join the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, the National Council of Nonprofits and thousands of nonprofits across America -- please take three minutes today to call your U.S. Representative and deliver this simple message:
"Do not use tax reform to weaken or repeal the Johnson Amendment, which keeps divisive partisan politics out of nonprofits, houses of worship, and foundations. I am concerned that efforts to repeal or weaken the Johnson Amendment would harm my community and damage the public's trust in my organization and many other groups doing good work in (INSERT Representative Name's) district. Thank you!"
How to Make the Call: Simply call the Capitol switchboard (202-225-3121) and ask for your Representative's office. If you're not sure who your Representative is, go here to enter your zip code or here to review a list of Representatives.
Political Shakeup in Oregon Senate
Since our last Week in Review, there have been large developments in the Oregon Senate. Some key figures are leaving, and one more has been stripped of his authority following continued allegations of sexual harassment.
ORA's lobbyist, Amanda Dalton, provided some insight shortly after these events were made public.
Governor Brown announced she was going to appoint Sen. Richard Devlin-D and Sen. Ted Ferrioli-R to the NW Power Council.
Senate Efforts to "Fix" ACA Continue
Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) have at least 24 co-sponsors of their legislation aimed at making fixes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As leaders of the lead the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, which oversees health care, they are key players in the debate and have enlisted the support of 12 Republican and 12 Democratic Senators for their bill. See the full breakdown of cosponsors here and an explanatory chart of the bill here.
Debate and conversation around Alexander-Murray, as the bill has come to be called, may continue through December even though President Trump has tweeted that he no longer favors the legislation.
Disability Employment Legislative Database
NCSL’s Disability Employment Database provides current information on legislative efforts in the states and territories targeting disability employment issues and related disability issues.
The database is supported through the State Exchange on Employment & Disability (SEED) a U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) initiative. Through SEED, ODEP is partnering with NCSL, the Council of State Governments and Concepts Inc. To review effective practices and present policy options to state legislators to improve the hiring, retention and advancement of people with disabilities in both the public and private sectors. The database will serve as a resource to this effort.
DOL to Appeal Overtime Rule Decision
In a move that seems initially counter-intuitive, Trump's Labor Department has appealed a federal appeals court decision that overturned President Obama's overtime rule. It's not because the White House has suddenly endorsed the higher threshold; rather the Department of Labor is defending its right to use a salary threshold in overtime eligibility at all.
Town Halls, Community Coffees, etc.
Fall Town Hall with Speaker Tina Kotek, Senator Lew Frederick, and Rep. Tawna Sanchez
When: Saturday, Nov. 4, 10-11:30 AM
Where: PCC Cascade - Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building Auditorium (corner of N. Killingsworth and N. Albina)
Senator Ron Wyden Town Hall
When: Sunday, Nov. 5, 2:30 PM
Where: Pacific University (Washburne Hall)
Rep. Julie Fahey Constituent Coffee
When: Nov. 11, 11 AM
Where: Prarie View Community Center, 584 N. Danebo Road, Eugene
Susan McClain Constituent Gathering
When: Dec. 9, 10 – 11:30 AM
Where: To be determined
Oregon DHS - APD/DD Rulemaking Notices Update
Individually-Based Limitations for Restraints in Residential Care (RCF) and Assisted Living Facilities (ALF)
DHS-ODDS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Hearing: 411-345 Employment Services
The Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS) is proposing to update the rules for employment services in OAR chapter 411, division 345.
SourceAmerica Videos Close Out NDEAM
National Disability Employment Awareness Month ends today, and to celebrate SourceAmerica has published a series of videos marking the advantages of inclusion in the workplace. You can find them here.
Employment First Stakeholder Policy Group: Nov. 1, 2017 Agenda
The Employment First Policy Stakeholder Group will meet tomorrow, Wednesday November 4. The meeting will include discussion about transportation and an update on rates.
You can view the full agenda and minutes from the October meeting here.
Secretary Devos Rescinds 72 Documents Outlining Students' Rights
In a move that both frightened and alarmed disability rights advocates, the Education Department rescinded 72 long-standing documents last month that outlined the rights of students with disabilities.
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services wrote in a newsletter on Oct. 20 that it had “a total of 72 guidance documents that have been rescinded due to being outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective — 63 from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and nine from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA).” The documents, which fleshed out students’ rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Rehabilitation Act, were rescinded Oct. 2.
While some, such as Professor Bill Koski, director of the Youth and Education Law Project at Stanford University agree with the Department's position that the changes won't affect practice or policy in schools, advocacy groups feel slighted because they weren't informed until two weeks after the documents were rescinded. They are continuing to research whether the recension of the documents will have any real-world impact.
Job Coaching Rate Meeting to be Rescheduled
ORA received word this morning that the job coaching rate meeting slated for Nov. 7 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.
Per Acacia McGuire Anderson:
I wanted to reach out as soon as I knew that we would need to cancel the November 7th meeting. As many of you know, Burns and Associates was in town a couple of weeks ago to help with the residential/transportation/some employment rates and when they were here we discussed the changes this group had suggested and were sending data on. At this time, Stephen and Tina from Burns and Associates are working with the data that has been sent to us, as well as the data regarding direct time. Unfortunately, they will not have the analysis done for the November 7th meeting, so at this time I am going to cancel that meeting. Once they have had time to do this analysis we will reschedule to discuss.
Please note that because there are so many people involved, if you have invited someone to attend this meeting, please ensure they get the cancellation. Stay tuned for an updated date/time once we have more information.
Thanks again for being part of the process. We appreciate the input!
New Rate Models Available for Comment
The Department of Human Services put out their first draft of the new rate models for a number of intellectual/developmental disability services including: Small Group Employment; Employment Path; Day Support Activity; 24-Hour Residential; Attendant Care; Transportation and Professional Behavior Services.
The new rate models can be accessed via the following link: http://www.burnshealthpolicy.com/ODDSRates
Report Says UPS Has "Secret Sauce" for Disability Inclusion
A new report from the LEAD Center and the Workplace Initiative finds UPS’s work training program to be a game-changer for disability employment. The report takes a close look at the training program that has been implemented at UPS’s main air sorting hub in Louisville, Kentucky. The program supports people with disabilities in gaining work skills and experience that prepare them to fill positions in the company.
Options Unlimited, Inc., UPS and the Coalition for Workforce Diversity worked collaboratively to develop the Transitional Learning Center training program at UPS. The program's success reinforced the company's view that training and hiring people with disabilities is both a social responsibility and a means of meeting strategic business needs. UPS’s program may provide a model for other companies interested in diversifying their workforce and creating inclusive career pathways for youth and adults with disabilities.
Spots Still Open for QRF Showcase
It's not too late to register for the QRF Showcase. If you are a QRF and you operate in the Willamette Valley, or if you have a statewide price agreement for a service or commodity, this is an event you don't want to miss. It's well worth the $50!
Highlights of this year's event will include training on the QRF costing tools, lunch presentations by people working on QRF contracts, and a purchaser tour of Garten Services.
Festivities kick off first thing in the morning on November 15. To register, click here.
OSLP in OPEN Magazine
Oregon Supported Living Program was featured in this month's OPEN Magazine. Gretchen Dubie discussed the mission of OSLP's Arts and Culture Program saying, "The program’s mission is to break down barriers to participation in the arts." You can read the full article here.