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.”