Category Archives: Dept. of Human Services

State pulls license from Gladstone teen mental health facility at center of FOX 12 investigation

The Oregon Health Authority has suspended the license to treat patients for drug and alcohol abuse of a Gladstone mental health treatment facility for teens and adolescents. The Oregon Health Authority has suspended the license to treat patients for drug and alcohol abuse of a Gladstone mental health treatment facility for teens and adolescents. A FOX […]
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OPINION: Interpretation of mandatory reporting law adds to school district’s woes

The Salem-Keizer School District this week offered its interpretation of the responsibilities of a mandatory reporter, which includes all district teachers and staff. District officials pointed out that its interpretation is not a new policy to require teachers and staff to report learning a student younger than 18 is sexually active. Source: OPINION: Interpretation of mandatory […]
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‘Resident Rights Month’ focus in October

Across the state, Oregonians living in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities had what State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Fred Steele hopes will be considered a very successful Residents’ Rights Month, recognized each October. This month has seen considerable strides taken by Oregon leadership and partners towards enhancing the respect and dignity that should be […]
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Memory care facility can accept residents again after sanctions

After a seven-month sanction for violating state rules, the largest memory care facility in Jackson County can start taking new residents again, the Oregon Department of Human Services confirmed Tuesday. A state inspection in March showed that violations at Fern Gardens Memory Care “placed residents at harm and risk for harm,” according to a 37-page […]
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Homeless clients need help to get help from disability benefits (Column) |

Of the 4,000 people living on the streets in Multnomah County, more than half have serious mental illness and more than a third have physical disabilities. You’d think many of these people could qualify for disability income help from the government. Source: Homeless clients need help to get help from disability benefits (Column) | OregonLive.com

Putting Oregon on the road to recovery (Guest opinion) |

More than 1,000 Oregonians rallied earlier this month in Portland to demand a dramatic reform of the state’s anemic recovery support system. A tower of old shoes representing loved ones lost to addiction loomed ominously at the rally, as a monument to the human toll this epidemic has wrought. Oregon has long failed to adequately […]
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Sen. Jeff Merkley | Day Care Safety | URM Buildings – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Last week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in plain clothes entered a home in Portland without a warrant and arrested a man who was working on a renovation there. For the second time in as many years, a child has died at the Broadway Children’s Center. State regulators have suspended the Portland facility and plan to close it […]
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Oregon 4-year-old will stay with Kentucky foster parents she calls ‘Mommy’ and ‘Daddy’

The Kentucky family that wants to adopt a 4-year-old girl from Klamath Falls claimed victory on Friday, after months of fighting the state of Oregon.Oregon child welfare officials sent Laila Sloan to live temporarily with her aunt and uncle in Kentucky two years ago, with the understanding they might eventually adopt her. Source: Oregon 4-year-old […]
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Day care suspended after two infant deaths in two years

Portland police are investigating the Oct. 6 death of a 10-month-old boy found unresponsive at a Northeast Portland day care where another infant died last year. State regulators immediately suspended all childcare at the facility, called the Broadway Children’s Center, concluding that circumstances there present “a serious danger.” Source: Day care suspended after two infant […]
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Caregivers to see increased wages, advanced training opportunities

Riding bareback through the wind, Nancy Uwekoolani struggled to hang on as her horse gained speed. But as the horse ran along a trail toward its barn, the 20-year-old went flying and landed badly on her back down a five-foot deep bank. Unable to do much more than crawl between the couch and the bathroom, […]
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