The Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC) will be presenting a new member orientation for Personal Support Workers (PSWs) who support persons with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (IDD).
SEIU is working to enroll all Personal Support Workers (PSWs) in Health Care Plans. The premiums for these Health Care Plans will be paid for through the SEIU Union for eligible PSWs. SEIU would like to get all PSWs enrolled as soon as possible.
SEIU is putting on several Health Care Community Workshops to help PSWs understand the Affordable Care Act and how it impacts them, as well as what Health Care option(s) are available through the SEIU Union.
Unofficial preliminary information SDRI has received from SEIU reflects that PSWs will not need their Provider # (the State still hasn’t sent out these new ID #’s to a number of PSWs) to attend the Workshops. However, they should bring with them their pay stubs for PSW services provided to SDRI customers, to indicate their employer names and how many hours per month they are working with SDRI customers, on average. There may be some minimum threshold of hours worked per month in order to qualify for healthcare through SEIU.
If a PSW already has other health insurance, they may wish to attend one of these workshops anyway, to see whether the insurance offered through SEIU is better/cheaper than their existing insurance, can supplement their existing insurance or can pay all or part of the premium of their existing insurance (if they pay premiums out of pocket but prefer their existing insurance plans).
For additional information, questions, or to register for one of the Workshops, it is recommended that PSWs visit the SEIU Local 503 web site and click the Health Care Community Workshop Locations & RSVP link at the right hand side. SEIU members can also call SEIU directly at 1-855-437-2694 to ask questions and/or sign up for the healthcare coverage.
Back by popular demand! SDRI will be hosting a bowling league for SDRI customers!
Please join SDRI for our upcoming Holiday Dance. There will be pizza, cake, dancing and an ugly holiday sweater contest. Space is limited, so please call Tiffany to RSVP.
Support Services for Adults with IDD in Oregon are un-dergoing a major restructuring. From new assessment tools to different ways to plan for services , individuals with IDD and their families need to be aware of these changes.
Self-Determination Resources, Inc. will be hosting a series of forums (see the Flyer) to discuss these changes.
Please be aware, as of 10-28-13 SDRI has upgraded its phone system and directory. As part of the upgrade, phone extension numbers have changed. Typically, the new extension number will be a 1 followed by the old extension number (e.g., extension 10 in the old system would become extension 110 in the new system). The online staff directory has been updated accordingly.
The “Help Me Home” program available through Washington County’s Sherriff’s office is now up and running.
Changes are happening at the State administrative level. The State is working on rolling out K Plan services and SEIU is working to finalize union contract negotiations with the State (ratification forthcoming shortly).
In order to remain qualified as a Personal Support Worker (PSW), to receive a provider number from DHS which will eventually be required in order to continue to receive payments, and to be listed [optionally publicly] on the forthcoming Registry and Referral System (RRS), Oregon DHS is requiring each Personal Support Worker (PSW) to fill out and return to DHS a Provider Enrollment Agreement (PEA) form. This applies to all providers qualified as Domestic Employees and as Independent Contractors.
Unfortunately, Lakewood Theater has had to cancel tonight’s presentation of Spamalot!
It seems an emergency has come up that required the cancellation on extremely short notice. Lakewood theater apologizes for the inconvenience.
There has been some concern in the Oregon DD Services community over a clause of K Plan (the new funding and service delivery model for DD services being implemented by Oregon DHS), designed to minimize Conflicts of Interest, which has been interpreted to mean that Legal Guardians cannot also be paid Caregivers. But there is now some hope!