Summer Party & Exhibition Opening on June 26th

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Hello!

You’re invited to the Seven Corners Summer Party on Wednesday, June 26th, 2-6pm, at 2475 SE Ladd Ave, Portland, OR 97214.

Join us for food, drinks, community mural painting, accessible games, and raffle prizes! There will also be an exhibition opening featuring works by artist Mikayla Carpenter.  

This open house event is FREE and open to the public. All are welcome!

We’re excited to be co-hosting this event with our building partners Community Vision, FACT Oregon, and the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Stop by and say hello! We look forward to seeing you.

Please RSVP by Monday, June 24th. Contact Kristine at kolson@communitypath.org or call (503) 935-5243 ext. 228

Call for Artists - Apply to Showcase Your Artwork

ATTENTION ARTISTS

Artists who we serve are invited to apply to be a part of a year-long group exhibition at Community Pathways, September 2019-2020.

We are seeking 2-D artwork in a variety of medium: Painting, photography, drawing, water color, printmaking, and more. All artwork must be ready to be installed (framed, wire hangers). Questions? Let us know!

  • The final deadline for submissions is 5pm on Friday, August 2, 2019.

  • The exhibit will open to the public on Thursday, September 5, 2019.

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How to apply: Please complete and submit the following:

If you need help with any part of the application or its submission, please contact your personal agent or Kristine. We want this to be an accessible, inclusive experience!

Email or mail the application materials to Kristine at kolson@communitypath.org or Community Pathways (Attn: Kristine) 2475 SE Ladd Avenue, Suite 220, Portland, OR 97214. Call Kristine at (503) 935-5243 ext. 228

Questions?

Please contact Kristine at kolson@communitypath.org or call (503) 935-5243 ext. 228

Senate Bill 274 opens brokerage services to people 14 and up

Posted by Oregon Support Services Association on May 24, 2019

“With the end set for June 20, the 2019 Oregon Legislative Session is in its final month. Oregon Support Services Association has been actively engaged in advocacy since the session’s January 22 start. Legislators come to public service with a variety of backgrounds and interests, and the Brokerage association works hard to enrich their understanding of services for people with developmental disabilities.

This session has been different for us–we brought forward a legislative concept that was introduced by chief sponsor Senator James Manning Jr.  (North Eugene, West Eugene, Santa Clara, and Junction City), and co-sponsored by Representative Rob Nosse (Portland), and Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson (Gresham). Senator Manning’s belief in choice and service options for young people with developmental disabilities compelled him to lead the sponsorship of Senate bill 274 (SB 274). SB 274 changes the age of eligibility for case management from Support Services Brokerages from 18 to 14 years. With this bill, we are aiming to:

  • create a smoother and more supported turning-18 transition period for young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families.

  • remove barriers to stakeholder decision-making and support positive change.

  • open choice and service options for people age 14-17.”

Upcoming Events

May 22 - Case Management Entity Open House

  • Who: Anyone interested in learning more about brokerage support services and case management available to eligible individuals in Clackamas County. This is a great event fro individuals who are transition age (14-21 years old).

  • What: Informational open house hosted by case management entities serving Clackamas county. Community Pathways will be there!

  • Where: Clackamas Education Service District (13455 SE 97th Avenue,
    Clackamas, OR 97015)

  • When: Wednesday, May 22nd, 5-7pm

  • Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/2325147177766292/ (English)

  • https://www.facebook.com/events/434303420648819/ (Espanol)

May 23 - Game Night at Community Pathways

  • Who: Individuals, providers, family members, friends who want to socialize and play games!

  • What: Xbox (with adaptive controllers), UNO, Apples to Apples, playing cards, and more.

  • Where: 2475 SE Ladd Avenue, 4th Floor, Portland, OR 97214

  • When: Thursday, May 23rd, 4-6pm

  • Drinks and snacks provided. CPI’s PA’s and Admin staff will be there too.

  • Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/813558305694046/

May 29 - Multnomah County I/DD Info Fair

  • Who: Individuals, families, educators and professionals in the field are invited to come learn more about services available to children and adults who experience developmental disabilities and live in Multnomah county.

  • What: Learn about provider agencies, organizations serving people who experience I/DD, and case management entities. Community Pathways will be there!

  • When: Wednesday, May 29, 12-6pm

  • Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/669795763449003/

PSW Electronic Visit Verification (EVV)

What is EVV?

The Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) is an electronic way for verifying attendant care services. It will help with more accurately tracking Medicaid personal care services and home health services.

Who is required to use EVV?

EVV is only currently required for Personal Support Workers (PSW’s) who provide the following Attendant or Personal Care services:

•OR526 –Attendant Care

•OR526/ZE –Attendant Care 2:1 staff

•OR507 –Daily Relief Care

•OR502 –State Plan Personal Care

How do I know if I provide one of these Attendant or Personal Care services?

Please check your service agreement(s) to find out if you are providing one of these services.

Why do PSW’s have to use EVV?

EVV is a part of a federal law that was passed by Congress in 2016. It requires states to verify the delivery of Medicaid-funded Attendant or Personal Care services in real time (at the time the service is occurring) from providers. This federal law requires the use of EVV for all Medicaid personal care services and home health services that require an in-home visit by a provider.

Will PSW’s be trained on how to use EVV?

Yes! Learn how to use the EVV system by attending an EVV Orientation Session. PSW’s must register to attend orientation sessions. They will be presented in English and alternate languages that have been noted. There will eventually be EVV tutorials and user guides available.

How do i register for a PSW evv orientation SEssion?

Go to DHS’s iLearn website at https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/DD/PROVIDERS-PARTNERS/EVV%20Docs/How-to-Register-for-PSW-EVV-Orientation-Session-iLearn.pdf

When will PSW’s have to start using EVV?

Statewide roll-out of EVV will be July 16, 2019. Orientation information will be provided in May through a separate communication and also on the EVV web page.  Information from DHS will be mailed to PSW’s, customers and employers. Please watch for this in your mail.

How can I learn more about EVV?

Visit the Oregon DHS website at https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/DD/PROVIDERS-PARTNERS/Pages/evv.aspx

Watch the EVV Video Tutorials on the OrGovDHS YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dV8JzGRAArg

Follow and like the eXPRS payment system on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EXPRSpaymentsystem/HowHo

May 2019 Newsletter

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Portrait of Tino wearing a yellow hat and t-shirt.

Customer Highlight

Tino’s Employment Story

Tino, a customer of Community Pathways, shares his experiences of getting a temporary seasonal job at Lowe's eight years ago and applying his strong work ethic to earn a full-time position he enjoys.

Read the full story.

 
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Group photo of three advocates, smiling and holding a Support DD Services sign.

Advocacy Update

DD Advocacy Day on May 7th

Join us at the next DD Advocacy Day in Salem on May 7th, 10am-2pm. The Oregon Developmental Disability Coalition’s GO! Project Advocacy Team will be available to give you information, training, and support. This is a great opportunity to meet advocates and learn about becoming an effective advocate for yourself and others who experience disabilities. Learn more.

 
Portraits of Zoe and Jacob, Community Pathways staff members and ONA Assessors.

Portraits of Zoe and Jacob, Community Pathways staff members and ONA Assessors.

Brokerage Update

Meet our ONA Assessors

Meet Community Pathways' four ONA Assessors. They are trained to complete the ONA based on information gathered in face-to-face meetings, file reviews, and through interviews with people who are central to an individual's life.

Meet our ONA Assessors

 

 

Health & Wellness Resources 


Health Plans and Providers

Mental Health

Safety & Emergency Alerts

Food and Shelter


Nutrition and Wellness

Share your health and wellness resource recommendations with us and the CPI community! Contact Kristine at (503) 935-5243 ext. 228 or kolson@communitypath.org

 

Get the latest news and updates! Join our mailing list to get the Community Pathways Newsletter emailed and/or mailed to your inbox! Sign up for the e-newsletter on the Home page.

Questions? Contact Kristine at kolson@communitypath.org or call (503) 935-5243 ext. 22

 

Community Pathways' mission is to assist people with disabilities to live empowered, self-determined lives through community connections.

Join our Game Night on May 23rd, 4-6pm

Join us for a Game Night event on May 23rd! We’re hosting an event for gamers and friends of Community Pathways to meet up and play games together. Support providers and friends of CPI are welcome to come. We look forward to seeing you!

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Date: Thursday, May 23

Time: 4-6pm

Location: On the 4th floor of the Seven Corners Collaborative building at 2475 SE Ladd Avenue, Portland, OR 97214

What will be provided: Games! Snack foods and drinks. Members of the Community Pathways team will be at the event. Support providers, family, and friends are welcome to join!

Please RSVP to Kristine at kolson@communitypath.org or (503) 935-5243 ext. 228

Questions? Contact Kristine.

We look forward to seeing you!

Customer Highlight: Tino's Employment Story

I took my mom and dad’s word to heart and did it. I’m where I’m at now. I have a driver license, I have a job. I can go where I want—because I’m a grown up.
— Tino
Tino wearing his red Lowe’s vest at work, smiling and giving two thumbs up.

Tino wearing his red Lowe’s vest at work, smiling and giving two thumbs up.

Valentino, or Tino for short, sat down with us recently to share his employment story. For the past eight years, Tino has worked at Lowe’s where he currently serves as a full-time Delivery Load Puller and Assistant to the Delivery Driver. But Tino hasn’t always worked full-time at Lowe’s; he worked his way up to his current position over time.

Before he got his start at Lowe’s, Tino shares that he worked as a Busboy at Black Bear Diner for five years. He was motivated to start looking for a new job because, “I was not getting paid enough,” he says. With a goal to find a new job and earn more money, Tino sought out support from a job coach through supported employment services offered by United Cerebral Palsy (UCP). The job coach helped Tino learn how to search, apply, and interview for jobs, “because I didn’t know how,” he says.

With the job coach’s support, Tino began applying for jobs at Walmart. When he didn’t hear back from Walmart, Tino explains, he continued applying for positions online at Home Depot and Lowe’s. “Lowe’s jumped on it real fast and wanted an interview,” Tino says about his online application experience. “I was shocked at how fast it went.”

Tino was initially hired by Lowe’s as a Front End Seasonal Loader, working a few hours per week. After a period of time, with the encouragement of his co-workers, Tino asked his manager if he could work part-time and was soon promoted to a more permanent position. After working part-time for six months, Tino asked to work full-time, “because I wanted to do something more athletic, like lifting appliances.” At first, Tino was told no because there were no available positions at the time. When a Deliver Load Puller position opened up, a manager notified Tino directly. Tino applied that day and was hired for the full-time position he has today.

Promotions did not come immediately to Tino, as his story shows. He emphasizes that it took hard work and dedication to get to where he is today. It also required a willingness to speak up and ask for help in finding and interviewing for jobs, as well as asking for more responsibility on the job.

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Portrait of Tino wearing a yellow baseball hat with a Pikachu pattern and a matching yellow t-shirt.

Persistence was key to Tino’s success in securing his first position as a temporary seasonal employee at Lowe’s, and then working his way up to a permanent full-time position. Even when he was not hired or did not get a promotion right away, Tino kept applying for jobs and following up with managers to show his interest in taking on more responsibility at work while still working hard at the job he had. By taking this approach, Tino gained the respect of his co-workers and managers who have become important sources of support to his professional growth and sense of belonging.

Tino notes that he was shy at first but remained persistent because he really wanted to work full-time and was confident in his work ethic. Asking for a promotion can be hard to do, Tino acknowledges. But he was encouraged by his family, friends, and co-workers who said, “You can do it. Go for it.”

Ask what kind of challenges he has experienced in regards to employment, Tino says the main challenge he faces at work is dealing with disgruntled customers--a challenge anyone working in retail and customer service can relate to. “[Customers] can be a little upset because they didn’t get what they wanted,” Tino says about customers who share negative feedback with him. Tino explains that his approach to handling these situations is to acknowledge the customer’s experience and to follow up with his managers so they can take action and make necessary changes.

Asked what job advice he would pass on to other employees, Tino shares that his dad taught him to, “Listen to your elders and have that hard work ethic,” adding that his dad tells him to, “find something to do instead of standing around. If you’re done [with a task] and don’t have something to do, pick up a broom and start sweeping.” Tino notes that he receives praise from his co-workers and managers for his work ethic and feels appreciated for his contributions to the team.

Asked what advice he has for employers, Tino says that it’s important for employers to show appreciation for their employees and to help people with their needs, “like if you say you need a little help or don’t understand something.” He acknowledges that not every single need can be accommodated but within reason Tino believes employers should be willing to train people who are willing to work hard and be a part of a team.

Tino advises employers that ongoing training for employees is important to their continued success at work, like when “you got a routine and something new crops up, and you need a little more training to handle the new situation.” He especially appreciates managers who are polite to their employees.

Tino wearing a yellow baseball hat and a yellow t-shirt with a red and white Pokemon ball logo.

Tino wearing a yellow baseball hat and a yellow t-shirt with a red and white Pokemon ball logo.

Being a part of a supportive work team has been an important part of Tino’s employment experience. “We’re a solid team [at Lowe’s],” he says, adding that he appreciates the support and encouragement he receives from his co-workers, many of whom he counts as friends. The need for support is mutual. Tino shares how he supports his co-workers by offering a listening ear and words of encouragement when they face their own challenges.

“Lowe’s is like a big ol’ family,” Tino says. “If I’m not okay, they’ll see what’s going on. They love me a lot and want me to be a front end loader again because I work so hard,” he adds, chuckling. “But I’m not going back to that,” he says with a grin.

Asked who supports him in his employment pursuits, Tino notes his first manager at Lowe’s was an important support because they helped train him as a seasonal employee. The manager eventually put in a good word for Tino with the other managers to be hired part-time. Tino gives the main credit to his parents (who are his foster mom and dad, he explains) for the support and encouragement they’ve provided him in working toward his goals. “I took my mom and dad’s word to heart and did it. I’m where I’m at now. I have a driver license, I have a job. I can go where I want—because I’m a grown up.”

Asked what’s ahead for him, Tino shares that he recently won a BBQ grill from entering a raffle prize at work. “I won the large prize,” he says, smiling. Now he’s looking forward to firing up the new grill once the weather gets nicer.

Congratulations, Tino! Keep up the good work.

 

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April Newsletter - Autism Acceptance

On World Autism Awareness Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to promote the full participation of all people with autism, and ensure they have the necessary support to be able to exercise their rights and fundamental freedoms.
— Secretary-General António Guterres, United Nations
 

World Autism Awareness and Acceptance

Did you know April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day? And April is World Autism Awareness Month! Help us spread the word not simply about autism awareness but ACCEPTANCE this month by using #AutismAwareness19 #AutismAcceptance

 
 
 

Join DD Advocacy on April 30th

Join the upcoming GO! Project DD Advocacy Day at the Oregon State Capitol on April 30th. Members of Community Pathways’ team, Build A Movement participants, and advocates will be going. The GO! Project Advocacy Team will be available at the Capitol to give you information, training, and support before talking with legislators. Come be an advocate!

Learn more about the GO! Project and DD advocacy at www.oregoniddcoalition.org

Legislator Lookup - Find your legislators (State Senator and House Representative).

 
Three women standing together for a photo at the DD Advocacy Day at the Capitol building in Salem. The woman in the middle holds a sign with the words, “Support DD Services.” Photo taken by Oregon DD Coalition staff member.

Three women standing together for a photo at the DD Advocacy Day at the Capitol building in Salem. The woman in the middle holds a sign with the words, “Support DD Services.” Photo taken by Oregon DD Coalition staff member.

 
 

General Resource Guide

Find Direct Support (and clients)

Oregon Home Care Commission's (OHCC) Registry and Referral System - Find a provider to deliver direct support, or connect with an individual seeking direct support.

Food and Shelter 

211 Info - Find information on food shelters, warming/cooling centers, and shelters.

Oregon Food Bank's Food Finder - Find a food bank near you.

Portland Farmers Market - many of the markets accept SNAP benefits.

Health and Safety

Additional Needs Registry - Program for individuals in Portland and Multnomah county to share additional needs with 9-1-1 police and fire responders in case of emergencies.

Mental Health Crisis Lines

Clackamas County Crisis Line: (503) 655-8401

Multnomah County Crisis Line: (503) 988-4888

Washington County Crisis Line: (503) 291-9111

Arts and Culture 

Art Gallery at Seven Corners (2475 SE Ladd Avenue) is currently featuring works by artist Catherine Hill. Please check out the window gallery facing SE Division Street.

Public Annex - accessible urban farming and arts programming.

PHAME Academy - a school of the arts and performance serving adults with disabilities.

Social Events and Outdoor Activities

Off the Couch Events - socialization and educational program for differently-abled adults.

Adventure Without Limits - provides access to outdoor adventure to all people regardless of abilities, socio-economic gender, gender, ethnicity, or age.

Portland Parks and Recreation’s Adaptive & Inclusive Recreation - A program that offers, “community-based recreation activities and leisure services specially designed for children, teens, and adults who have a disability and/or special needs.”

Tech and Gaming

Guardian Games event calendar - Community calendar of gaming events.

Free Geek - provides volunteer opportunities and classes to enable digital access and education to create community that empowers people to realize their potential.

Fidgetech - A community for young adults on the autism spectrum to learn technologies, uncover interests and talents, develop skills, and achieve goals.

Do you have a resource you would like us to share? Email Kristine at kolson@communitypath.org or contact a personal agent. Thanks!

 

Spring Photo Gallery - Share your photos with us!

The CPI Team is so excited that it's finally Spring. April brings longer days, bluer skies, more frequent "sun breaks", and much needed doses of Vitamin D—and more time spent outside! To celebrate the coming of Spring, members of the CPI team are sharing their favorite Spring-time photos with us all. We hope these beautiful images inspire people to spend time outside and share their photos with us!

Want to share your own Spring photos with the community? Please do!

How to Submit Photos to the Community Pathways Newsletter:

  1. Send photos as .PNG or .JPEG file attachments to kolson@communitypath.org (Subject: Spring Photos for Newsletter).

  2. Please include a title or brief description of each photo, such as “Mt Hood View” or “St Johns Bridge”.

 

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