Category Archives: Dept. of Human Services

Navigating Forest Fires and Heat Waves, Oregon Keeps Seniors Safe 

But as more serious disasters in Florida and Texas show, questions remain about how prepared Oregon will be for a disaster that affects more people. Hurricanes Irma and Harvey have been like a post-traumatic shock for a country that survived Hurricane Katrina, which took the lives of 215 people in nursing homes and hospitals, often […]
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Data Offers Insight Into Costs, Stay Length and Demographics of Care for Older Oregonians

Assisted living and residential care costs over $44,000 per year, on average, according to figures that will be discussed Friday at a round-table review of recent studies from across the state. Oregon’s Department of Human Services is gearing up for a public data dump this Friday detailing the results of several new studies on assisted […]
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Oregon pays $7 million after preschoolers starved by foster parents

Oregon’s child welfare agency has agreed to pay $7 million to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of two children who were nearly starved to death by foster parents the state approved for them. The settlement is among Oregon’s largest for wrongdoing by a state agency but short of the record, a $15 million settlement […]
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Sexual Misconduct At PPS | Housing Foster Youth | Lead In Water – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Oregonian/OregonLive reporter Bethany Barnes joins us to talk about her reporting on a decades-long case of sexual misconduct at Portland Public Schools and the lingering questions about the district’s handling of this and other cases where concerns about teacher behavior have been brought up. A shortage of placements for Oregon foster youth has led to the controversial practice […]
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Child sex abuse is on the rise

Kids HOPE Center walks The World through its process. Sex crimes have been consistently rampant in the nation and locally, but now the numbers are growing. In fact, Coos County is ranked number two in Oregon for the number of abused children per capita. Though summer is considered the slow season for the Kids HOPE […]
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New housing for ‘unplaced’ Oregon foster youth, following DHS dispute

Since mid-2016, more than 130 Oregon children have spent at least one night as “unplaced foster youth” — meaning they had no foster family to go home to. But a soon-to-be opened temporary housing program is looking to change that. In the past, being unplaced could mean a night spent sleeping in an Oregon Department […]
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OnTrack hit with $7.87 million lawsuit

A whistleblower lawsuit filed against OnTrack describes a verbally abusive work environment, including several instances in which former Executive Director Rita Sullivan allegedly lost her temper and hurled expletives at employees. Source: OnTrack hit with $7.87 million lawsuit

Love can’t pay the bill when insurance won’t (Column)

For the past week, Carol Dickey has been fighting to keep her 8-year-old son at the residential mental health program that treats his violent outbursts. Source: Love can’t pay the bill when insurance won’t (Column) |

DHS seeks school supplies

The Department of Human Services in Linn County is seeking donations of school supplies for children in foster care and and others in need. The annual school supply drive collects backpacks and other school supplies for about 200 children who would otherwise start school without supplies. Source: DHS seeks school supplies | Local |

Cash assistance cases still above pre-recession levels

The number of Oregonians receiving federal cash assistance remains higher than it was at the start of the Great Recession, but state analysts expect the number to shrink to pre-recession levels by early 2019. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Cash assistance cases still above pre-recession levels