Category Archives: Dept. of Human Services

Gresham dad’s arrest turns spotlight on foster care vetting process

An Oregon foster care rule that appears to treat intimate partner abuse less seriously than spousal abuse may have allowed a violent Gresham man to gain custody of — and allegedly abuse — his young son. Oregon criminal law, on the other hand, does not differentiate between domestic violence that occurs in married or unmarried […]
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Rampant turnover, low pay: Insiders on Oregon dementia care

Grueling work. Rampant turnover. Elderly people with dementia, abused and neglected for lack of staff. The Oregonian/OregonLive asked more than 200 current and former memory care employees what they experienced on the job. Their stunning responses shed light on why memory care too often falls short of its promise of specialized support for people with […]
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Costly dementia care failing to keep Oregon seniors safe

Janet Annal recalls administrators at Lydia’s House telling her not to worry about her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease. They could handle even the violent outbursts the 85-year-old had been showing, she said they told her. It was the kind of expertise that separated the Albany-based memory care center from typical senior care homes. Source: Costly dementia […]
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False comfort: a fall, a fracture and a cry for help

Sheryl Smith said she saw plenty of problems at The Gardens, a memory care wing of a facility in Lincoln City, during the 10 months her mother stayed there. Caregivers were supposed to check on Smith’s mother, Anna Hill, almost every hour, Smith said, because she would get dizzy spells. But that didn’t happen, she […]
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Memory care: How we did the analysis

The Oregonian/OregonLive uncovered serious problems in memory care by examining the state’s database on complaints of abuse and neglect in senior care centers. Here are the details of how we conducted the analysis. Source: Memory care: How we did the analysis |

Mid-Valley community must have no tolerance for jailhouse justice

It’s disappointing when one of our jails becomes a crime scene of its own. The community should not tolerate unwritten jailhouse codes that exact punishment on inmates accused of being a sex offender. Especially when the inmate meting out the punishment is an established sex offender. Source: Mid-Valley community must have no tolerance for jailhouse justice

Three indicted in baby’s death at illegal daycare; state worker indicted in related case 

Hood River police are looking for two women,  Rochelle Jones, 53, and Debra Jones, 63, who investigators say helped run an illegal daycare where a 4-month-old boy was found dead in May. Another woman, 63-year-old Donna Pilcher, is under arrest in the case. Authorities say the women also ran a previous daycare that was shut […]
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State knew children were drugged at Oregon day care where baby died

A state investigator concluded in 2016 there was reason to believe complaints of neglect against a Hood River day care provider who is now charged with second-degree manslaughter. Source: State knew children were drugged at Oregon day care where baby died

Oregon paying ‘undocumented individuals’ for childcare, investigator claims

A state fraud investigator is alleging that the state of Oregon may have violated federal law by paying 79 “undocumented individuals” to provide day care for low-income families. Ryan Cram, who has worked as a criminal fraud investigator for five years, sent an email to every Oregon lawmaker last week saying he came forward as […]
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State cleared Gresham dad with violent past to care for boy he’s now accused of abusing

A lawsuit against the state contends the boy never should have been placed with his dad, who was not part of his life before he entered foster care. Source: State cleared Gresham dad with violent past to care for boy he’s now accused of abusing