Tag Archives: Think Out Loud

4-Year Community College Degrees

Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney wants to make a major change to the structure of higher education in the state. Earlier this week, the state Senate unanimously passed Courtney’s bill allowing community colleges to offer four-year degrees. Source: 4-Year Community College Degrees | ‘Good Hair’

Elder Care Audit  – OPB’s Think Out Loud

We talk with Danielle Moreau, co-author of the latest audit of Oregon’s home care program for aging and disabled people. The state audit says the Department of Human Services has implemented some of its 2017 recommendations for improvement, but some work still needs to be done to improve the program. Source: Japanese Newspaper | Zebrafish | Elder Care Audit . Radio | […]
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Talking Business | Black Studies | Youth Villages – OPB’s Think Out Loud

A program called Youth Villages started in Tennessee more than 30 years ago. In that time, it has helped that state both improve the lives of foster kids and save the state money on the child welfare system. Its key features include providing services to kids and their biological families at home, supporting foster kids […]
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News Roundtable | Foster Care | Hermiston Nonprofit – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Oregon doesn’t have enough placements for children in foster care. So, the state is shipping some of the most vulnerable kids across state lines. And the facilities that many of those kids are going to are operated by a privately-run company that used to have a contract with Washington State. That contract was cancelled because of a […]
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Learning From Norway | Craft Brewing Business – OPB’s Think Out Loud

What can Oregon’s criminal justice system learn from Norway? Corrections officials and state lawmakers visited Norway a couple of years ago. And then last year, 14 Oregon corrections officials and officers visited a Norwegian prison in a unique kind of exchange program. Source: Learning From Norway | Craft Brewing Business

Housing Density | Disrupted Learning | Gray Whales – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Oregon legislators are considering a bill that would require cities to allow triplexes, cottage clusters and other “middle housing” options in single-family neighborhoods. Minneapolis is the first city in the country to vote for a plan allowing such housing to be built in neighborhoods zoned for single-family use. A new report on “disrupted learning” from […]
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Non-Religious Protections | Concussions | Un-Affiliated Primaries – OPB’s Think Out Loud

A law passed in 2009 in Oregon requires school sports coaches and trainers to follow strict guidelines to make sure athletes with head injuries don’t return to sports too soon. A series of stories from InvestigateWest and Pamplin Media Group and the public radio show “Reveal” looked into how those guidelines are followed across the state, […]
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Commission Form of Government – OPB’s Think Out Loud

The City Club of Portland says big changes are needed in the city’s unique commission form of government, and the way Portlanders elect their representatives. No other U.S. city of its size governs this way, and the population has tripled since the early 1900s when the commission form of government was adopted. The City Club […]
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 Mental Health & Law Enforcement  – OPB’s Think Out Loud

We’ll hear how Marion County public health and law enforcement officials are working together to try to prevent people with mental health problems from ending up in jail. Ann-Marie Banfield is the program manager for acute and forensic behavioral health for Marion County and Troy Clausen is the county’s undersheriff. They will join us after […]
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In-Home Baby Visits – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Oregon lawmakers are considering a proposal that could lead to in-home visits from a health professional for all new parents. The idea was part of Gov. Kate Brown’s budget proposal, and the bipartisan bill that’s currently being proposed would direct the Oregon Health Authority to study a program that offers up to three home visits for […]
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