Category Archives: Dept. of Human Services (DHS)

One Foster Dad Calls It Quits—and Blames the Unintended Consequences of Oregon’s Foster Care Reforms

Senate Bill 1515 altered the stakes and the standard of proof for the agency’s investigations of abuse and neglect. Source: One Foster Dad Calls It Quits—and Blames the Unintended Consequences of Oregon’s Foster Care Reforms – Willamette Week

Third lawsuit filed in fatal scabies outbreak at SouthTowne Living Center

A third lawsuit has been filed against a Eugene residential care facility related to a severe scabies outbreak in 2016 that state authorities allege contributed to at least three patient deaths. Source: Third lawsuit filed in fatal scabies outbreak at SouthTowne Living Center – News – The Register-Guard – Eugene, OR

Police accuse couple of fraud after emptying water bottles

Springfield police have arrested a woman accused of buying bottled water with state assistance funds, only to dump out the water and cash in the bottles for money. The woman, 35, of Eugene, was arrested on a warrant Friday night for third-degree theft and failure to appear in an unrelated cases. She and a man […]
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Do you know the families of any of these people? Hospital tries to reunite remains with family members 

The state of Oregon has custody of the remains of about 3,500 people who died while in the care of the Oregon State Hospital or other state institutions. They are kept in a memorial, where visitors find themselves surrounded by the ashes of patients who died between 1914 and 1973. Source: Do you know the […]
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Child Welfare Oversight Board progress report

Gov. Kate Brown’s Child Welfare Oversight Board recently shared a progress report on key initiatives launched over recent months focused on bringing Oregon children in out-of-state facilities back to Oregon, and hiring more caseworkers to protect children and work more closely with families. Plans have been driven by Brown’s Executive Order 19-03, which aims at […]
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Walk for Recovery planned in Medford

People in recovery from addiction and others who want a better approach to treatment in Oregon will march through downtown Medford Friday during the Walk for Recovery. The walk is one of four across Oregon in which participants will call on Gov. Kate Brown to develop a comprehensive, statewide addiction recovery plan. Source: Walk for […]
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Grass roots help for Oregon kids in the DHS foster care system

Embrace Oregon is community-based help for the foster care system. And it is spreading its volunteer model to every county in the state. Source: Grass roots help for Oregon kids in the DHS foster care system

Gov. Brown’s task force calls for more psychiatric beds for Oregon foster kids

Oregon is now housing 37 foster care children in out-of-state facilities, down from its peak of 88 in March. A joint effort between the Oregon Health Authority, Department of Human Services and the Governor’s Office hopes to continue to reduce that by finding 15 more beds at in-patient facilities in Oregon by the end of […]
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Editorial: State agency has made some foster care progress

Fixing the serious problems in Oregon’s foster care system won’t happen overnight. That’s apparent in reading the monthly reports the state Department of Human Services makes to Gov. Kate Brown. Some progress is being made. Thus, hiring has picked up considerably, though the agency also continues to lose caseworkers at a steady clip. Source: Editorial: […]
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Oregon DHS overwhelmed by applications for child welfare jobs

Agency says more than 5,400 people want to fill 313 new jobs to help place foster children in new homes. A flood of applications for new state jobs working with foster children, the Department of Human Services still hasn’t officially hired anyone for its understaffed Child Welfare division. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Oregon DHS […]
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