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Department of Human Services: Agency Subdivisions

The Barbara Roberts Human Services Building in Salem houses many of the subdivision offices of the Department of Human Services. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The Barbara Roberts Human Services Building in Salem houses many of the subdivision offices of the Department of Human Services. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

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Director’s Office
Address: 500 Summer St. NE, E15, Salem 97301-1097
Phone: 503-945-5600
Fax: 503-581-6198
E-mail: dhs.directorsoffice@state.or.us
Contact: Erinn Kelley-Siel, Director; Jim Scherzinger, Chief Operating Officer


Duties and Responsibilities: The Director’s Office provides overall guidance and direction. Key functions include Federal Financial Policy, Governor’s Advocacy, Legislative Relations, Media and Communications, Tribal Relations, Community Engagement, Equity and Multi-cultural Services, Finance and Human Resources. The office also includes the chief operating officer responsible for Shared Services, Internal Audits, Business Intelligence, Licensing and Regulatory Oversight, Continuous Improvement, Information Technology Business Supports, Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigations, Performance Excellence and Program Integrity.

 

Aging and People with Disabilities Division
Address: 500 Summer St. NE, E02, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-945-5811
Fax: 503-373-7823
Contact: Mike McCormick, Director


Duties and Responsibilities: Responsibilities include administering programs that promote independence and protection for aging people and people with disabilities of all ages to achieve well-being through opportunities for community living, employment, family support, and services that promote independence, choice and dignity.


Functions include the Older Americans Act, direct financial support, in-home services, community-based care facilities and nursing facilities. Eligibility determination for federal Social Security disability benefits and help arranging and paying for in-home services are provided through programs such as Oregon Project Independence or support services. Many of the services are provided to clients through local Area Agency on Aging or branch offices throughout the state.


Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Program
Address: 500 Summer St. NE, E16, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-947-5183; Toll-free: 1-800-521-9615
Fax: 503-947-5184
Contact: Jeff Brownson
Statutory Authority: ORS 185.230
Duties and Responsibilities: Assists state agencies to make sure services and programs are accessible to deaf and hard of hearing people.

 

Medicaid Long-Term Care Quality and Reimbursement Advisory Council
Address: 500 Summer St. NE, E02, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-945-6465
Fax: 503-373-7823
Contact: Sarah Hansen
Statutory Authority: ORS 410.550

 

Governor’s Commission on Senior Services
Address: 500 Summer St. NE, E02, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-945-6993
Fax: 503-373-7823
Contact: Max Brown
Statutory Authority: ORS 410.320

 

Child Welfare Program
Address: 500 Summer St. NE, E48, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-945-5600
Fax: 503-581-6198

Web: http://oregon.gov/DHS
Contact: Lois Day, Director


Duties and Responsibilities: Oversees child welfare programs, including child-abuse investigations and intervention, foster care, adoptions and child safety.

 

Child Welfare Advisory Committee
Address: 500 Summer St. NE, E62, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-945-5650
Fax: 503-581-6198
Contact: Pam Pearson
Statutory Authority: ORS 418.005

 

Family Services Review Commission
Address: 500 Summer St. NE, E62, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-945-6186
Fax: 503-581-6198
Contact: Mary Anne Camp
Statutory Authority: ORS 411.125

 

Independent Living Council
Address: 500 Summer St. NE, E87, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-945-6204
Fax: 503-945-8991
Contact: Shelly Emery
Statutory Authority: Exec. Order EO 94-12

 

Refugee Child Welfare Advisory
Address: 500 Summer St. NE, E48, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-945-6739
Fax: 503-373-7032
Contact: Oscar Herrera
Statutory Authority: ORS 418.941

State of Oregon Rehabilitation Council
Address: 500 Summer St. NE, E87, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-945-6256; Toll-free: 1-877-277-0513
Fax: 503-945-8991
Contact: Rhonda Hunter
Statutory Authority: ORS 344.735

 

Developmental Disabilities Program
Address: 500 Summer St. NE, E02, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-945-5811; Toll-free:1-800-282-8096
Fax: 503-373-7823
Contact: Trisha Baxter, Chief Operations Officer


Duties and Responsibilities: Provides assistance to people who have a developmental disability that impedes their ability to function independently. Developmental disabilities include mental retardation, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism and other impairments of the brain that occur during childhood. Some people with developmental disabilities also have significant medical or mental health needs. Services are provided through local Community Developmental Disabilities programs.


Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities
Address: 540 24th St. NE, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-945-9941
Fax: 503-945-9947
Contact: Kathryn Weit, Executive Director
Statutory Authority: 42 USC 15001

 

The Barbara Roberts Human Services Building in Salem houses the Oregon Disabilities Commission. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The Barbara Roberts Human Services Building in Salem houses the Oregon Disabilities Commission. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Oregon Disabilities Commission
Address: 500 Summer St. NE, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-945-6993, 503-947-1136
Fax: 503-373-7823
Contact: Becky Murphy or Max Brown, Administrative Support
Statutory Authority: ORS 185.130


Duties and Responsibilities: The commission identifies and publicizes the needs and rights of individuals with disabilities; advises the Legislature, the governor, state agencies and other public and private agencies on disability issues and coordinates inter-agency efforts in the delivery of disability-related services.


Self-Sufficiency Programs
Address: 500 Summer St. NE, E48, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-945-5600
Fax: 503-581-6198
Contact: Jerry Waybrant, Chief Operating Officer


Duties and Responsibilities: Programs in self- sufficiency provide a critical safety net for families and individuals with very low to no income to help them meet their basic needs. Programs include Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps), Employment Related Day Care, Refugee and domestic violence assistance, and some employment and eligibility programs.


Vocational Rehabilitation Programs
Address: 500 Summer St. NE, E87, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-945-5880
Fax: 503-947-5025
Contact: Stephaine Parrish Taylor, Administrator
Statutory Authority: ORS 344.510–344.630
Duties and Responsibilities: Assists youth and adults with disabilities to obtain, maintain or advance in employment and to live as independently as possible. Vocational Rehabilitation Programs assist clients with all disabilities, with the exception of blindness and deaf-blindness. Services are provided through field offices across the state. Programs develop employment opportunities for clients and offer staffing solutions and
disability awareness services to employers.

 

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