Category Archives: Dept. of Human Services

Review of Keizer boy’s strangling death reveals ‘potential systemic’ problems

A review launched in the wake of the strangling death of a 12-year-old Keizer boy revealed a series of “potential systemic” problems with child welfare services, according to a report released Friday. In the days after Caden Berry’s lifeless body was discovered at a Keizer apartment complex and his mother, Amy Robertson, was arrested on charges […]
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IQ costs Oregon parents their kids, but is that fair?

  The nursery in Amy Fabbrini and Eric Ziegler’s home is filled with unread children’s books and unworn baby clothes. Source: IQ costs Oregon parents their kids, but is that fair? (Column) | OregonLive.com

New Oregon law aims to improve long-term care

During the 2017 session, the Oregon Legislature passed a number of measures that strengthen quality and safety in long-term care settings. The passage of House Bill 3359 provides a comprehensive approach to improving safety and quality in licensed long-term care settings, the state Department of Human Services said Monday. Source: New Oregon law aims to […]
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Oregon investigator found in 1984 Seattle mayor abused foster son

Three decades before Ed Murray was elected Seattle’s mayor, an Oregon child-welfare investigator found that he had sexually abused his foster son, prompting state officials to conclude that “under no circumstances” should Murray serve as a foster parent in the future. Source: Oregon investigator found in 1984 Seattle mayor abused foster son | OregonLive.com

Legislature Passes New Standards for Long-Term Care and Referrals

Two consumer protection laws are designed to ensure quality and integrity among healthcare providers and agencies assisting Oregon seniors. Strong bipartisan majorities have passed two bills to protect seniors, putting new quality controls into long-term care facilities and requiring referral agencies to register and act in their client’s interest. Source: Legislature Passes New Standards for […]
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Oregon’s Legislature: Robbing Peter to pay Paul | Guest opinion

Last week, the Oregon Legislature passed an $8.2 billion biennial schools budget. But even though that represents an 11 percent increase over the previous biennium, that $8.2 billion figure will leave our schools and the children they serve desperately short of resources, with devastating consequences. Source: Oregon’s Legislature: Robbing Peter to pay Paul (Guest opinion) […]
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Rural nursing homes on edge as state eliminates beds

Administrators worry about lack of access to care outside urban areas. The elderly woman had heard rumors of closure in the hallways of Presbyterian Community Care Center in Ontario. She learned the rumors were true when Cathleen Sullivan, the nursing home administrator, came to her room to tell her she would have to find a […]
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Legislators Hash Out 15 Percent Rise in General Fund for DHS

Funding has been secured for Oregon Project Independence to allow seniors to stay in their homes, and for General Assistance, which helps disabled homeless people get housing. DHS will end its live-in caregiver program in October and the agency will also no longer allow private payers access to its registered home care workers. The Department […]
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Time for Oregon’s foster children to check out of hotels: Editorial

When state officials couldn’t find foster homes for the abused and neglected children in their care, they stuck them on cots in state offices or in hotels for nights on end. Their caregivers weren’t always certified and rotated frequently. Without a regular home environment, foster kids missed school and at times, lost access to needed […]
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Legislators Hash Out 15 Percent Rise in General Fund for DHS

The Department of Human Services budget for the next two years is poised to rise 5.8 percent over the last budget, increasing to $11.2 billion in total funds to pay for services for seniors citizens, foster children and people with disabilities. Source: Legislators Hash Out 15 Percent Rise in General Fund for DHS | The […]
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