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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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DHS Central Services consist of the Office of the Director, the Office of Equity and Multicultural Services, the Office of Human Resources, the DHS Office of the Chief Financial Officer and the Office of Communications. These offices provide essential business supports to programs in achieving the department’s and programs’ missions, visions and outcomes.

 

Aging and People with Disabilities Division
Address: 500 Summer St. NE, E02, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-945-6229
Fax: 503-373-7823
Contact: Mike McCormick, Director


Duties and Responsibilities: The Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) program area provides services and supports to Oregonians over the age of 65 and to adults with physical disabilities. In 2014, about 30,183 seniors and people with disabilities received Medicaid long-term care services as a result of the work of APD and its partners. Oregon’s senior population is projected to grow from 502,000 to 950,000 by 2030. Currently, only about 4 percent of Oregon’s senior population uses Medicaid-funded long-term care services. In order to avoid a significant increase in demand on publicly-funded long-term care supports and services as the eligible population grows, it is critical to begin implementing strategies now that support healthy aging, meet the needs of an increasingly culturally diverse population and prevent or delay entry (as appropriate) into costly long-term care services.


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

 

Medicaid Long-Term Care Quality and Reimbursement Advisory Council
Address: 500 Summer St. NE, E02, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-947-2321
Fax: 503-373-7823
Contact: Bob Weir
Statutory Authority: ORS 410.500

 

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://www.oregon.gov/DHS/Pages/index.aspx
Contact: Lois Day, Director


Duties and Responsibilities: Child Welfare Programs serve children and families when children are subject to abuse and neglect in their home environment. Child protection workers respond to all reports of familial child abuse and neglect and, if a child cannot be safe at home, place children in foster care. In the last five years, Oregon has reduced its foster care population, concentrating on safety, and is moving toward a system that prevents out-of-home placement (even of abused children) and increases timely and safe return to families. The cost of abuse and neglect—to children, to families, and to the state—is significant.

 

Child Welfare Advisory Committee
Address: 500 Summer St. NE, E62, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-945-6653
Fax: 503-945-6969
Contact: Jenifer Goodwin
Statutory Authority: ORS 418.005

 

Family Services Review Commission
Address: 500 Summer St. NE, E62, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-947-5105
Fax: 503-373-7032
Contact: Liesl Wendt
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: The Developmental Disabilities Programs serve over 21,000 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout their life spans. The Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) strives to support choices of individuals with disabilities and their families by providing services that are person-centered and directed, flexible, community inclusive, and supportive of the discovery and development of each individual’s unique talents and abilities. ODDS is committed to working toward service options that help people with developmental disabilities live lives that are fulfilling and meaningful. Eligible individuals and their families can access generic and specialized services to provide the support, based on the individual needs of the person, to live with as much independence as possible.

 

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
Fax: 503-373-7823
Contact: Max Brown, Administrative Support
Statutory Authority: ORS 185.130


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: Self Sufficiency Programs are designed to help families achieve economic security with temporary supports for their most basic needs, such as food, health insurance coverage and child care, while working to meet their employment goals. Oregon has recognized TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) as a prevention program that can support self-sufficiency and family stability. To qualify, families with children must be living below 40 percent of the federal poverty level ($616 per month for a family of three). TANF has experienced unprecedented caseload growth since the downturn of the economy in 2008, and federal funding for the program has remained unchanged since 1996, making it increasingly difficult to adequately resource the program.


Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
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: The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services assesses and develops service plans and provides vocational rehabilitation services to youth and adults whose disabilities present impediments to employment. A total of 383,381 working-age adults experience a disability, but only 36 percent are employed.

 

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Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities
Address: 540 24th St. NE, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-945-9942
Fax: 503-945-9947
Contact: Jaime Daignault, Executive Director
Statutory Authority: 42 USC 15001


Duties and Responsibilities: The Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities was established by Executive Order by Governor Tom McCall in 1974. The Department of Human Services functions as the Designated State Agency to receive and administer the council’s annual federal grant. The council operates under the provisions of the Federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act and implements its charge and five year plan independent of the DHS and its agencies.


The purpose of the council is to engage in advocacy and systemic change that contributes to a coordinated and person-centered system, which includes needed community supports that promote self-determination for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The council acts as an advocate for all Oregonians with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families by providing public education and community awareness; encouraging citizen participation in decision making; developing ways to improve and expand capacity of services and systems through research, policy analysis and model initiatives; monitoring and evaluating plans, policies, and services provided by public agencies; and developing a state plan, consistent with federal requirements that guide development of systems and services in the state.

 

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