Getting a woman help is nearly impossible in Portland, OR

Lena Medical

This began November 29th. She has a black toe on each foot from frostbite. She has spent one night in my truck, one night at her brother’s, one night in the Emanuel ER lobby. three nights in the Clackamas warming at 9715 SE Powell. She is in church right now so I could go make another haul. She has foot surgery scheduled next week 12-21, then will go into CCC medical rehab unit at the Henry Bldg. I was told by many that we could get her inside with a Doctor note. We got the doctor note sent it out and it did no good (see above). They have open bunks this whole time at the Gresham women’s shelter but top bunks only. Even the doctor’s note does not get her a bottom bunk and her deformed feet won’t allow her to use the bunk ladder. And their policy is no one who can get to a top bunk will be moved once they’ve been placed on a bottom bunk. I told them this policy is insane and asked for a complaint department and they gave me a phone number to call but I haven’t had time to make the complaint yet.
She doesn’t follow up on anything, so I have to do that. We called SAFES the 11-29 to get her in there, they told us to call back in 1/2 hour. We called every half hour 3 times and got no answer. I’m sure SAFES has had an opening since but she doesn’t try again.
After the shelter on Powell closed I took her to a friend of hers and she stayed on a couch under the carport.
I took her to the day center at the Multco building on Belmont after dropping her truck load of things in her storage. I begged her to take with her only what she could easily carry back and forth from the day center to the shelter and mapped out her bus route. She refused to take the route and she stayed on the back porch of the shelter instead. Her reason: “I don’t like MAX.”

KGW’s Maggie Vespa tells a little of the story of the Village Coalition’s POD project

My testimony at City Hall 8-10-16

Hazelnut Grove

This is what took place during this short session in the Oregon legislature

Weekly update about legislative bills and budgets important to the disability community
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Oregon Legislative Assembly meets inside the Oregon State Capitol building
The 2016 Legislative Assembly adjourned today, Sine Die, at 1:07 p.m.  Here is our concise session wrap-up of matters of particular interest to the disability community.Sine Die always brings press releases from legislators and parties. This excerpt from Senate President Peter Courtney seems particularly informative:

“The short session is hard. In the end, its length is self-limiting. Issues that were carried over from 2015 and worked on in the interim fared well. Those that were sprung on us on opening day or even later did not. Preparation is the key to success in life and in the February session.”


The Survivors

HB 4042 Creates general assistance project administered by Department of Human Services.  PASSED AND SENT TO GOVERNOR

HB 4057 Directs Department of Education to prepare report related to educational performance of students from families in poverty.  GOVERNOR SIGNED

HB 4067 Provides affirmative defense to public or nonprofit organization employee whistleblowers who provide information to certain entities.  PASSED AND SENT TO GOVERNOR

HB  4074 Adjusts how adjudicated juveniles report as sex offenders.  PASSED AND SENT TO GOVERNOR

HB 4080 Establishes Governor’s Foster Care Advisory Commission to advise Governor and Director of Human Services regarding foster care system in this state. PASSED AND SENT TO GOVERNOR

HB 4143  Prohibits landlords from increasing rent on week-to-week tenancies without 7 days prior notice, and month-to-month tenancies during the first year and at any time after the first year without 90 days prior notice.  PASSED AND SENT TO GOVERNOR

SB 1515 Strengthens the Department of Human Services’ authority to license, regulate, and take enforcement action against child-caring agencies.  PASSED AND SENT TO GOVERNOR

SB 1532 Establishes tiered system for determination of minimum wage based on geographical location of employer.  GOVERNOR SIGNED

SB 1533 Allows cities and counties to establish “inclusionary zoning” rules to expand modest income housing for up to 20 percent of multifamily structure in exchange for one or more developer incentives.   PASSED AND SENT TO THE GOVERNOR

SB 1558 Limits disclosure of records of college student health centers, mental health centers or counseling centers to other individuals or college offices.  PASSED AND SENT TO GOVERNOR

SB 1571 Directs the Department of State Police to adopt rules concerning prioritization of testing untested sexual assault forensic evidence kits. PASSED AND SENT TO GOVERNOR

SB 1582 Directs Housing and Community Services Department to develop and implement Local Innovation and Fast Track Housing Program to expand state’s supply of affordable housing for low income households.  PASSED AND SENT TO GOVERNOR

Budget Highlights

The Department of Justice got $676,971 to establish an elder abuse prevention program in its Criminal Justice Division.

The Housing and Community Services Department got $2,727,660 for counseling services associated with the Oregon Foreclosure Avoidance Program. Legal Aid lawyers will be funded from this.

The Department of Education got $2,030,515 for deferred maintenance at the Oregon School for the Deaf.

The Department of Corrections got $3,000,000, for opening units at the Deer Ridge Correctional Institution for unexpected increases in the male prison population.

The Department of Corrections got $2,000,000 for physical improvements to the Behavioral Health Unit at the Oregon State Penitentiary and $3,359,148 for operations and health services.

The Housing and Community Services Department got $10,000,000 for homelessness prevention and assistance  services and $8,000,000 for Emergency Housing Assistance.

Budget Notes (Legislative Directions to Agencies)

OHA is directed to identify and track outcomes on each project that is implemented as a result of a $10 million investment in rural hospital transformation and sustainability.

OHA is directed to develop a plan and recommendations for extending medical assistance to children.

DHS is directed to to provide policy and budget options for decision making that will be required during the 2017 legislative session to ensure future sustainability of the APD and IDD programs. Steps include further refinement, analysis, and pricing of viable options or ideas brought forth by the agency, stakeholders, and other interested parties; the focus should be on ways to control caseload growth and utilization.

DHS is directed to take immediate actions that may help contain costs without changing the current service system structure and that do not require statutory changes. The agency’s action plan is to include:
• Review and correct, if needed, the relationship between assessment tools and program eligibility criteria;
• Take action to more efficiently align service authorization with people’s needs, also consider appropriate limits;
• Work to limit use of overtime in service plans;
• Continue discussions with CMS to prevent the conversion of natural support to paid support, with consideration for parental responsibility; and
• Further restrict the live-in program to prohibit live-in service plans when the individual lives in their family’s home or the family lives with the individual and is served by that relative.

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