August Newsletter

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Happy August! We'd like to remind everyone that the 2019 FACT All Ability Tri4Youth is coming up on Saturday, August 10th at the Tualatin Hills Athletic Center in Beaverton.

Community Pathways is sponsoring a vendor booth and will be providing resources for individuals and families interested in learning more about brokerage support services. Please share this with anyone who you think may be interested in learning more about us and our community partners. Members of our team will also be helping out at the Rally Booth, helping people make signs to cheer the athletes on!

We're so glad to be supporting this great event organized by our friends at FACT Oregon.

Interested in volunteering? Sign up online

Be sure to stop by our booth to say hello!

Jennifer Santiago
Executive Director

 

Art Exhibits at the Seven Corners Collaborative

Artists are invited to apply to exhibit their artwork at the Seven Corners Collaborative (2475 SE Ladd Avenue). Applications are available online http://www.cvision.org/the-gallery/. Or you may request a printed copy be mailed to you. Questions? Contact Kristine Olson at gallery@cvision.org or call (503) 292-4964 x121

 

Provider Update: FAQs about EVV System

As providers know, a new system called Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) was implemented on July 16th. If you're a provider and still have questions about PSW EVV, please let us know. You can find a quick list of answers to frequently asked questions on our website here.

IMPORTANT: Please note that the EVV system was not created and is not managed by brokerages, such as Community Pathways. It was created as a part of a federal law and was implemented by DHS. For more information and to register for an orientation session visit https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/DD/PROVIDERS-PARTNERS/EVV%20Docs/How-to-Register-for-PSW-EVV-Orientation-Session-iLearn.pdf

 

Self-Advocacy Resources

How to ask for what you need and want:

  • Talk with your personal agent about learning how to advocate for yourself at home and in the community.

  • Contact the Oregon Self-Advocacy Coalition to learn how to advocate for yourself and get introduced to other self-advocates and networks of support.


How to get involved in a self-advocacy group in the community:

  • Ask your personal agent to learn more about Build A Movement and Self-Advocates Taking Action, a group of self-advocates in the Portland Metro area who meet monthly and quarterly to discuss their top priorities: Housing, Healthcare, and DD services.

  • For more information about BAM and SATA, contact Jennifer Knapp at jknapp@cvision.org


How to advocate at the political level and speak with your legislators:

  • Visit the GO! Project website to learn more about the joint efforts of the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Oregon IDD Coalition to lead individuals and group in self-advocacy at the State Capitol in Salem.

 

Upcoming Events


FACT Oregon's All Ability Tri4Youth

  • Saturday, August 10th. Race starts at 9AM.

  • Tualatin Hills Athletic Center, Beaverton, OR

  • Open to athletes of all abilities ages 8-26 years old

  • Register as an athlete, team, or volunteer at https://factoregon.org/tri4youth/

LGBTQIA+ Hangout

  • Thursday, August 29th. 4-6PM

  • 2475 SE Ladd Ave., 4th Floor, Portland, OR

  • Come hang out and meet people in an inclusive, safe space

  • Questions? Contact us at (503) 935-5243 or info@communitypath.org

The 15th Annual Walk, Roll 'n' Run for UCP

Ongoing Events:


Neighborhood Street Fairs

Portland Parks and Recreation

  • Portland Parks and Recreation has lots of free resources! Whether it's a list of interactive fountains to cool down in, movies in the park, concerts or festivals, you can find it all on their website: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/61921


    Do you have other inclusive events you'd like to share with the community? Please let us know. Thank you!

 

Mural Painting & Gallery Opening at Seven Corners

SAVE THE DATE ! Community members are invited to help paint a mural at the Seven Corners Collaborative building (2475 SE Ladd Avenue) and preview the latest art exhibition at Seven Corners Gallery on August 22nd, 2-4pm.

Stop by to help paint the mural, see wonderful art on display, and stay for snacks and drinks!

For more information about Seven Corners Gallery and how to apply to exhibit artwork visit www.cvision.org/the-gallery/

Questions?

Email gallery@cvision.org

Call (503) 292-4964 Ext. 121

 
 
 

Our Mission

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

Learn more about us at www.communitypath.org

July Newsletter

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Hello,

We hope everyone is having a nice start to the summer. A quick reminder that our office will be closed on July 4th in observance of Independence Day. We will reopen on July 5th at 9AM.

This July, Community Pathways is excited to be celebrating its 11th anniversary as a support services brokerage and its 1st year as a partner of the Seven Corners Collaborative in southeast Portland!

Since 2008, our goal has been to create and foster a culture of person-centered support services to assist people who experience a developmental disability to live self-determined lives. We believe every person we serve has the right to live a full life that encompass a range of choices, changes, struggles, and successes.

We are glad to be continuing the work we do to empower fellow Oregonians.

We wish you all a happy, fun, safe 4th of July!

Jennifer Santiago
Executive Director

 

Customer Story: Lawrence, an Artist at Work

Meet Lawrence, an artist living and working in Portland. Lawrence and his PSW Monica recently sat down with us to talk about Lawrence's artwork, his experience living on his own, and to share that he was chosen for the 2019 Field of View Residency at Public Annex. The residency will pay Lawrence, provide access to an artist mentor, and culminate in a gallery exhibition. Read the full interview.

Visit Lawrence's website, click here

 

Calling All Artists - Apply to Showcase Your Art

ARTISTS -- The Seven Corners Collaborative is searching for artists working in a variety of medium--photography, prints, drawings, watercolors, acrylic painting, etc.-- to exhibit their artwork at the Seven Corners building (2475 SE Ladd Ave, Portland, OR 97214).

This is a great opportunity to exhibit your work alongside other talented artists in our beautiful office space where many people will see and appreciate your artwork.

Individuals who experience disability are invited to apply. Applications will be available July 15th. We will be posting it on our website. Stay tuned!

 

DD Advocacy - How to get involved!

Interested in learning more about self-advocacy? Meet up with other self-advocates by contacting us. To see the Oregon Developmental Disability Coalition's top priorities, click here.

Personal Advocacy

  • Learn to ask for what you want and need from your support team.

  • Learn to ask to change your case manager/personal agent, brokerage or case management entity, or the goals in your ISP, if/when needed.

  • Visit OSAC's website and learn about the benefits of becoming a member (it's free!).

Community Advocacy

  • Get involved in your community and learn to advocate for the rights of people who experience disabilities in your area.

  • Get involved with the Self Advocates Taking Action group that meets ever Friday at Seven Corners, and join Build A Movement events.

  • Contact Jennifer Knapp at jknapp@cvision.org for more information.

Political Advocacy

  • Join self-advocate groups in visiting the Oregon State Capitol to share your story with law makers (legislators) and why funding DD services matters to you and the community.

  • Visit the GO! Project website to learn more about advocating at the legislative (political) level.

 

PSW EVV Orientation Sessions

The PSW Electronic Visit Verification system starts on July 16, 2019.

Learn about the PSW Electronic Visit Verification system at https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/DD/PROVIDERS-PARTNERS/Pages/evv.asp

Register for an orientation session through the DHS 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

  1. Copy and Paste the iLearn link https://ilearn.oregon.gov into your browser

  2. Click on Create Account

  3. Type: Not a State Employee (PSW’s are contracted by customers of brokerages not the State of Oregon.)

  4. Fill out required contact information and choose a login. Do not fill out Job Title, Organization, or Manager.

Information about EVV is available in:

Spanish / Español

Vietnamese /Tiếng Việt

Russian /русский


Click here to read Frequently Asked Questions about the EVV system.

 

Oregon DHS Focus Group Discussions

Individuals and Family Members - Oregon DHS wants to hear about your experience with case management supports (service coordinators and personal agents) and communication from the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS).

Please join the focus group discussions in Oregon City and Hillsboro in July! Your voice matters and your feedback is valuable.

  • Tuesday, July 16th from 2-3:45 PM at Clackamas County Public Services Building (2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City - Room 369A)

  • Friday, July 19th from 4-6 PM at Washington County Building (5240 NE Elam Young Parkway Suite 150, Hillsboro - Room 40)


Questions and RSVP - Contact Myles Maxey at myles.maxey@dhsoha.state.or.us or call (503) 302-7547 (711 TTY)

 

Community Events

UCP Oregon is a beneficiary of the Oregon Brewer's Festival

  • Wednesday-Saturday, July 24-27, 2019

  • UCP needs 80 volunteers for the festival. Register using the link below and put "UCP Volunteer" in the comments section to count toward their volunteer total. As this year's "Charity of Choice" UCP can raise thousands toward its disability services!

  • Register at https://events-connect.com/obf/

2019 Division Clinton Street Fair & Parade

  • Saturday, July 24th.

    • Parade: 10:45am – 12pm

    • Street Fair: 10am – 5pm

  • Parade: SE 41st & Division to SE 26th & Clinton (watch the parade anywhere along SE Division St)
    Street Fair: SE Clinton Street (from SE 25th – 28th) and SE 26th Ave (from SE Clinton to Division)

  • Fun community event in the Division/Clinton neighborhood where the Seven Corners Collaborative is located.

  • Learn more at https://www.divisionclinton.com/the-division-clinton-street-fair/

FACT Oregon's All Ability Tri4Youth

  • Saturday, August 2nd. Race starts at 9am.

  • Tualatin Hills Athletic Center, Beaverton, OR

  • Open to athletes of all abilities ages 8-26 years old

  • Register as an athlete, team, or volunteer at https://factoregon.org/tri4youth/

The 15th Annual Walk, Roll 'n' Run for UCP


Do you have other inclusive events you'd like to share with the community? Please let us know. Thank you!

 

Our Mission

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

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Customer Story: Lawrence, an Artist at Work

 
Lawrence wearing a white button-down shirt and standing next to his red-cap mushroom sculptures at a gallery opening reception. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Lawrence wearing a white button-down shirt and standing next to his red-cap mushroom sculptures at a gallery opening reception. Photo courtesy of the artist.

When did you first start making art? How did you know you wanted to be an artist?

“I wanted to do [art] at school all the time, but [my teachers] took it away from me,” says Lawrence. Lawrence’s personal support worker Monica, who sits next to him during the interview, explains that art became a behavior tool used by teachers to reward and punish him. Lawrence’s mom, she notes, allowed Lawrence to draw at home.

What subjects and materials do you use in your artwork?

Through our conversation about his various works, Lawrence mentions brassieres, shorts, kites, fighter jet planes, Christmas trees and pine trees, flower bouquets, hard cover book bindings, and chandeliers. This is just the short list of subjects that inspire his large-scale sculptures as well as small-scale drawings.

Asked why he chooses these subjects, Lawrence says, “YouTube.” In addition to watching YouTube videos for inspiration, Monica shares that she and Lawrence go to Powell’s Books where Lawrence buys books on drawing and sculpting that help inspire his latest designs.

Lawrence shows us pages from a scrapbook with photos of his sculptural works, and it’s clear from looking at the photos that Lawrence is highly innovative in his material approach to interpreting subjects and transforming them into larger-than-life sized forms. For example, Lawrence shares that he hand-stitched fabric together to create a bra that supported breasts formed from flour-filled condoms. Monica laughs lighly as she notes,“they looked very real.”

Lawrence speaks candidly about the subjects and materials he uses in his artwork, revealing the process of an artist intent on understanding his subjects, working out what the parameters of their meaning are, and the impressions they leave upon him. When he sees shapes and forms that intrigue him, Lawrence devotes himself to work out how to modify and reiterate them in a way that he finds appealing and reflects his experience of them.

Monica highlights that much of Lawrence’s artwork is generated from the modification of subjects and materials, resulting in the creation of objects and images that push material and conceptual boundaries and expectations.

What interests you about depicting the human body, and in such a large-scale Format?

Lawrence started making his large-scale sculptures in school as an 18 or 19 year old. Freddy, a sculpture of a male figure, was created from rolled up tubes of paper to make his bone structure. The muscles were made from rolled up newspaper reinforced by fabric, Lawrence and Monica explain. The different parts of Freddy’s body were held together by duct tape and masking tape.

Lawrence becomes animated talking about the large human sculptures, sharing proudly that Freddy “had all his body parts.”

The clothing Lawrence chose for Freddy is significant, Monica says. “He had saggy pants,” Lawrence says, sitting up in his chair and grinning. Monica explains that Lawrence insisted on using new clothes, and Lawrence nods his head in agreement. “They were the largest pants I’ve ever seen,” says Monica about the pants Lawrence used to clothe Freddy. “He bought huge shoes too.”

 
Two red and white mushroom-shaped sculptures by Lawrence featured in an art exhibition. The larger mushroom has a bright red cap, and the smaller one has a bright red cap covered in white dots. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Two red and white mushroom-shaped sculptures by Lawrence featured in an art exhibition. The larger mushroom has a bright red cap, and the smaller one has a bright red cap covered in white dots. Photo courtesy of the artist.

 

How and why Do you Modify the materials you use to make art?

Before answering the question, Lawrence stands up and walks over to the shelf where he had placed a stack of sketchbooks before the interview began. He picks them up and brings them over to where we’re seated at a desk. He lays the sketchbooks on the table and begins flipping through pages, showing us the drawings that fill each book.

Lawrence and Monica explain that drawing is very important to Lawrence and his process as an artist. Pencil and color pencil are his primary medium. He favors Prisma color pencils, explaining that they have a wax component that make it easier to blend and burnish the lines and colors in his drawings.

Featured in the sketchbook are several drawings of bridges crossing rivers. The detailed drawings demonstrate a high-level of observation, precision, and lightness in touch. Lawrence’s combined creative and technical ability are evident in the reflections of ducks — the species of which could be easily identified in a bird book — floating peacefully in the rippling water under a bridge. The reflections of the bridge and the ducks in the water are remarkable. It would be easy to assume Lawrence drew these scenes from his observations and impressions made in person rather than from watching YouTube videos and reading books.

Why is it important for you to be able to make these changes to the subjects and materials you use?

Our conversation deviates from talking strictly about art into one about Lawrence as a person who is driven to make art because of who he is and the experiences that have shaped him.

Monica helps explain that it’s important to Lawrence that he get positive feedback about his artwork, as well as his physical appearance. It is important to him to present himself well and to be liked. He wants to be seen and known, she notes.

Lawrence and his sibling grew up in a home where they both experience tension because of how they chose to identify themselves. With time, Lawrence and sibling moved out of their family home and into their own respective apartments.

Like his sibling, Lawrence is learning to navigate his identity, sharing his desire to be accepted and valued for who he is and who he is becoming. He expresses feeling liberated by having the ability to explore his identity. Yet he is aware that not everyone celebrates people who identify the way he does, and some people may even take advantage of him.

After moving out of his family home and into his own apartment, Lawrence has learned more about himself, the kind of relationships he wants to be in and the friends he wants to have, and how to discern healthy relationships from unhealthy ones.

When Lawrence first lived on his own he had a small apartment and no real space to make his art, Monica shares. With time, Lawrence found a larger apartment with studio space that makes it easier for him to store, organize and find his art supplies, to do his research, and to create.

It is clear from the photos and drawings Lawrence brought to the interview that being able to make changes — in his art and in his life — is significant to him as an artist and as a person. Repetition, variation in scale, minute details, and mass quantities fascinate him. One might even call him obsessed. As humans, we can all become preoccupied by a particular thought, subject, person, or thing from time to time and have to learn how to work through those thought patterns. Lawrence’s artwork lends itself to thinking about how a creative, innovative person can commit themself to working out complex thoughts and feelings in a positive way through art making.

Through his artwork, Lawrence explores the many questions and observations he has about the world, the subjects that pique his interest—spurred on by his frequent and earnest questioning of “why is that?”

what inspires you as an artist?

“His creativity happens every hour of the day and only stops when the project is complete,” says Monica with a slight smile.

“He is inspired by the music he listens to when he’s making art,” says Monica. Lawrence says that music makes him want to create, run, and laugh. He especially likes listening to The Stylistics because he loves hearing the man sing falsetto, Lawrence shares. “[The voice] sounds feminine,” Lawrence says with a big smile. He is fascinated by the practice of having to concentrate on making a certain sound, or a particular range of sounds, in order to make it. “He had to practice to get that voice,” Lawrence exclaims, adding that he likes to sing while making art.

Are their other artists you like to spend time with and who inspire you?

Monica shares that about ten years ago Lawrence was a part of a community of artists that supported him on his artistic path. “Lawrence was always allowed to go early [to] and stay late [at the studio],” she says. “Artists stayed overnight while he finished works. He made lots of friends in the art community. Most of them were young college students who worked at Project Grow. It provided him with a different kind of freedom in expression.”

“The art community [Lawrence] used to have has dissipated,” Monica shares, noting that it became a more regimented program. While this art program Lawrence use to be a part of is desriable and beneficial to many of its participants, Lawrence decided it was no longer a good match for him.

Lawrence wearing a white button-down shirt and black pants stands in front of a white gallery wall with the decal “We." the title of the group exhibition he was featured in at the Portland Art Museum. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Lawrence wearing a white button-down shirt and black pants stands in front of a white gallery wall with the decal “We." the title of the group exhibition he was featured in at the Portland Art Museum. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Relationships and friendships are also important to Lawrence and his growth as an artist. At the Q Center, Lawrence met his friend Claire. He shares how Claire helps him remember that “I’m okay the way I am. It’s okay to be Lawrence. God has given [me] a wonderful talent.” Lawrence turns to Monica and asks her to confirm if Claire is his friend. Monica reassures him that Claire, and people like her, are indeed examples of a good friend. Have you exhibited your work before? Where?

Monica shares that Lawrence exhibited his work in a group exhibit called “WE.” at the Portland Art Museum. It was at this exhibit that someone bought his mushroom sculpture, she shares.

How Have you grown as an artist over time?

Over the past ten years, with the desire to read on the computer, Lawrence has taught himself how to read. He now is able to read the subtitles of the movies he watches. But his primary motivation for learning to read was to be able to do his own research for his art online. Now he can read books that describe different artistic techniques, as well as books about the subjects he likes to create through his art, such trees.

“[A]rt making provides a positive, healthy focus on channeling unpredictable creativity and a desire to be known,” shares Monica.

Have you exhibited your artwork before? Where?

Monica and Lawrence share that he exhibited his work in a group exhibition called “WE.” the Portland Art Museum. Monica turns to Lawrence to confirm that it was at this exhibit that he sold his mushroom sculpture. He nods in agreement.

How does it feel to exhibit your artwork?

“Really happy,” says Lawrence.

Do you sell your work? If someone wants to buy your artwork, how might they do that?

Monica and Lawrence both share that he sells his work through Art Store at Portland Art and Learning as well as through exhibitions, such as “WE.” at Portland Art Museum. “At the Art Store,” Monica explains, “they provide materials and Lawrence gets a percentage of the sale. He often uses this to buy art supplies in bulk from the store.”

 
Close-up image of a bouquet of blue flowers individually made of paper by Lawrence. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Close-up image of a bouquet of blue flowers individually made of paper by Lawrence. Photo courtesy of the artist.

 

Why do you like buying your art supplies in bulk?

Lawrence smiles at this question and says that he likes, “Livin’ large.”

Glue, pencils, paints, and puzzles are on his list of supplies he buys en masse. To help him cut down on costs, Monica has helped him organize his new apartment to make finding supplies easier so that he’s less inclined to buy a new set of paints or pencils.

Personal support workers, including Monica, help Lawrence stay organized, be creative, and save money. In the Marie Kondo era we find ourselves in, I believe most of us can appreciate the need for support in cleaning out our closets and organizing our things in order to de-clutter our lives and relieve stress.

Organization has helped Lawrence in several ways. He notes that “it’s hard to create when dealing with depression.” His supports help remind him to go on walks, exercise regularly, and to eat healthy, all of which help support his overall health and ability to create.

Lawrence casually leans against a building with his hands in his pockets, smiling at the camera. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Lawrence casually leans against a building with his hands in his pockets, smiling at the camera. Photo courtesy of the artist.

How have brokerage support services helped you live independently and pursue a career as an artist?

Brokerage support services and direct supports, such as Monica, have been instrumental in helping Lawrence implement a health and safety plan. His personal agent (PA) and personal support worker (PSW) help Lawrence set goals and outline steps to achieve them. Together they have worked on finding an apartment that suits Lawrence, activities that he will find fulfilling, opportunities to make money, and meeting people who appreciate him for him, like his friend Claire.

Lawrence desires to be in a loving relationship, have a family, and a home with an art studio, he says. He wants to be surrounded by creatives and people who look at and appreciate his art work. “Not weirdos and druggies,” quips Lawrence, who struggled to meet people and create healthy relationships when he first moved out of his family home and into his own apartment.

Monica shares that Lawrence is learning when it is appropriate to walk up to strangers on the street to ask for feedback, and when it is not. He is also learning, as many of us are, to take criticism better. “He always wants people to be happy, and to receive him well,” says Monica. Taking feedback—however constructive it is meant to be—can be hard.

“He’s a very black-and-white thinker,” says Monica. Throughout the interview Lawrence actively asks clarifying questions, often wondering “why is that?” in an effort to understand people’s behavior, thinking, as well as commentary about his artwork. For someone who might experience the world as black-and-white, Lawrence’s artwork is anything but clear cut, straightforward, or easily labeled and explained. Much like Lawrence asks, “why is that?” his artwork invites viewers to ask similar questions of his artwork. Why is that? A seemingly small and simple question prods one to explore the nuanced complexities of human existence, experience, and expression.

Lawrence smiling widely, clasping his hands together in front of fern and moss covered boulders on a nature walk. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Lawrence smiling widely, clasping his hands together in front of fern and moss covered boulders on a nature walk. Photo courtesy of the artist.

What is next for you in your artistic pursuits?

Lawrence was recently chosen to participate in the 2019 Field of View (FOV) Residency at Public Annex, which will provide him with studio space and access to an artist mentor to work on his project of choice. The residency also provides artists with a stipend and culminates in a gallery exhibition. The 2018 FOV residency was exhibited at Wollf Gallery in Southeast Portland in February 2018.

Lawrence is in the beginning stages of the residency and is still learning about what it will entail. He is excited to have the opportunity to make and share more art.

At Community Pathways, we look forward to seeing where the FOV residency takes Lawrence artistically and how it will help bolster the public’s knowledge about his artistic practice. We wish him the best!

For more information about Lawrence and his art work, please contact his PSW Monica Laws. Community Pathways can put you in contact with Lawrence and his support team. Call us at (503) 935-5243 ext. 228. To learn more about the 2019 FOV Residency, visit the Public Annex website.

June Newsletter

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June Newsletter

Hello!
With June coming to a close, Community Pathways is excited to be celebrating the beginning of summer with our Seven Corners Collaborative partners at Community Vision, FACT Oregon, and the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities with a Summer Party this Wednesday, June 26th, 2-6pm.

Food, drinks, games, and raffle prize will be provided! The event is at Seven Corners (2475 SE Ladd Avenue). It's free and open to the public. We invite you to come celebrate with us!
As we enter our second year at the Seven Corners building, we are so grateful to collaborate with our wonderful building partners to help create a hub of information, resources, and support for individuals and families who experience disability.

We wish you all a fun, happy and safe summer!

Jennifer Santiago
Executive Director

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Customer Story: Lawrence, an Artist at Work

Meet Lawrence, an artist living and working in Portland. Recently, Lawrence and his PSW Monica sat down with us to share about Lawrence's artistic practice, experience living in his own apartment, and the recent news of being chosen for the 2019 Field of View Residency at Public Annex. The residency will pay Lawrence, connect him with an artist mentor, and culminate in a gallery exhibition. Read the full interview with Lawrence here.

Visit Lawrence’s artist website here.

 

DD Advocacy - How to Get Involved

Contact us to learn how you can get involved in self-advocacy. Check out the Oregon Developmental Disability Coalition's top priorities when advocating for DD services here.

Personal Advocacy

  • Learning how to ask for what you want and need from your personal support worker(s), family, and personal agent.

  • Asking to change case managers/personal agent, the brokerage or case management entity that delivers support services to you, and goals in your ISP.

  • Visit OSAC's website and learn about the benefits of becoming a member (it's free!).

Community Advocacy

  • Getting involved in your community and advocating for the rights of people who experience disabilities in your area.

  • Get involved with the Self Advocates Taking Action group that meets ever Friday at Seven Corners, or join Build A Movement events.

Political Advocacy

  • Visiting the Oregon State Capitol to share your story with law makers (legislators) and why funding DD services matters to you and the community.

  • Visit the Oregon Developmental Disability Coalition's GO! Project website to learn more about advocating at the legislative level.

 

PSW EVV Orientation Sessions

The PSW Electronic Visit Verification system will start on July 16, 2019.

Learn more about the PSW Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) at

Register for a PSW EVV Orientation Session at

Spanish / Español
Vietnamese /Tiếng Việt
Russian /русский

Check out Frequently Asked Questions about the PSW EVV System.

 

Upcoming Events

Summer Party & Exhibition Opening at the Seven Corners Collaborative

  • Wednesday, June 26, 2-6pm

  • Summer party and exhibition opening featuring artist Mikayla Carpenter.

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

  • FREE and open to the public. Food and drinks provided. Raffle prizes.

  • Event Flyer (PDF)

  • For more information, contact Jill at jill@cvision.org


Oregon Brewer's Festival - Volunteer and support UCP as a beneficiary

  • Wednesday-Saturday, July 24-27, 2019

  • UCP needs 80 volunteers for the festival. Register using the link below and put "UCP Volunteer" in the comments section to count toward their volunteer total. As this year's "Charity of Choice" UCP can raise thousands toward its disability services!

  • Register at https://events-connect.com/obf/

2019 Division Clinton Street Fair & Parade

  • Saturday, July 24, 2019

    • Parade: 10:45am – 12pm

    • Street Fair: 10am – 5pm

  • Parade: SE 41st & Division to SE 26th & Clinton (watch the parade along SE Division St)

  • Street Fair: SE Clinton Street (SE 25th – 28th) and SE 26th Ave (SE Clinton to Division)

  • Fun community event in the Division/Clinton neighborhood we call home.

  • Learn more at https://www.divisionclinton.com/the-division-clinton-street-fair/

FACT Oregon's All Ability Tri4Youth

  • Saturday, August 2, 2019. Race starts at 9am.

  • Tualatin Hills Athletic Center in Beaverton, OR

  • Open to athletes of all abilities ages 8-26 years old

  • Register as an athlete, team, or volunteer at https://factoregon.org/tri4youth/

The 15th Annual Walk, Roll 'n' Run for UCP


Are there other events you'd like us to share with the community? Please let us know. We value your feedback. Thank you!

 

Our Mission

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

Learn more About Us

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

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.

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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

 

 

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