2011 Oregon Revised Statutes
ORS Volume 10, Chapters 366 - 430
ORS Chapter 427
427.007 Policy; Department of Human Services to plan and facilitate community services.


OR Rev Stat § 427.007 (through Leg Sess 2011) What's This?

(1) The Legislative Assembly finds and declares that a significant number of persons with intellectual disabilities or other developmental disabilities currently reside in state-operated hospitals and training centers or lack needed services simply because appropriate community-based services, including residential facilities, day programs, home care and other support, care and training programs, do not exist. The Legislative Assembly further finds that families are the major providers of support, care, training and other services to their members with intellectual disabilities or other developmental disabilities who live at home, and many of these families experience exceptionally high financial outlays and extraordinary physical and emotional challenges due to the unavailability of appropriate family support services. Such services pertain to the needs of the person with a disability, the needs of other family members related to their care-giving and nurturing capacity, and specialized needs for environmental accommodation to reduce dependency of the family member with an intellectual disability or another developmental disability. Therefore, the Department of Human Services is directed to facilitate the development of appropriate community-based services, including family support, residential facilities, day programs, home care and other necessary support, care and training programs, in an orderly and systematic manner. The role of state-operated hospitals and training centers in Oregon shall be as specialized back-up facilities to a primary system of community-based services for persons with intellectual disabilities or other developmental disabilities.

(2) In carrying out the directive in subsection (1) of this section, the department shall develop a biennial plan in conjunction with the budgeting process for review by each Legislative Assembly. In developing this plan, the department shall meet with and consider the input of representatives from the following constituencies: Consumer organizations, parent-family organizations, advocacy organizations, unions representing workers in state-operated hospitals and training centers, community provider organizations, state and local education officials and community mental health departments or programs. Such plans shall include, where appropriate:

(a) Proposals for the decrease in the number of persons with intellectual disabilities or other developmental disabilities to be served in state-operated hospitals and training centers at a steady and planned rate until such time that the Legislative Assembly shall determine that each person served in programs or facilities operated or supported by the department is being served according to the best contemporary professional practices in the least restrictive environment, with preference given to the community-based setting over the institutional. However, no person shall be moved from any facility until a comprehensive assessment of the person s medical, treatment, training and support service needs has been completed, the move determined to be in the person s best interest and appropriate service alternatives procured.

(b) Proposals for the orderly development of community-based services, including family support, residential facilities, day programs, home care and other necessary support, care and training programs, to accommodate persons coming out of state-operated hospitals and training centers and to serve persons already in the community waiting for services. The proposals shall include services developed for persons in the community waiting for services that are at least equal in number to those services developed for those coming out of state-operated hospitals and training centers, and shall include services for all persons who are leaving the public education system, in order to further prevent unnecessary institutionalization of persons with intellectual disabilities or other developmental disabilities. Funding for these services shall be commensurate with individual need. These proposals may include provisions for an array of both publicly and privately operated services and shall include specific implementation plans requiring that new services developed are designed to significantly increase the independence, productivity and integration into the community of persons with intellectual disabilities or other developmental disabilities.

(c) Proposals for the location of community-based services for persons with intellectual disabilities or other developmental disabilities in proximity to family, friends, supportive services and home communities whenever possible.

(3) In further carrying out the directive in subsection (1) of this section, the department shall develop monitoring and evaluation systems which ensure competent management, program quality and cost-effectiveness of community-based services. Such systems shall include, where appropriate:

(a) A comprehensive system of case management which assures an orderly movement of persons with intellectual disabilities or other developmental disabilities from state-operated hospitals and training centers to community-based services, and between community-based service alternatives, and assures an effective system of service delivery to persons with intellectual disabilities or other developmental disabilities living in the community, based on individualized planning and close cooperation with consumers, families and guardians.

(b) An annual progress assessment of every person with an intellectual disability or another developmental disability served in programs or facilities operated or supported by the department. This assessment shall measure the degree to which a family with a member with an intellectual disability or another developmental disability demonstrates enhanced care-giving and nurturing capacities, and the degree to which the independence, productivity and integration into the community of each person with an intellectual disability or another developmental disability has been increased as a result of receiving such services. The overall results of these assessments shall annually be aggregated and analyzed for each program or facility operated or supported by the department, and shall be made available for public inspection and review by the Legislative Assembly.

(c) The development of specific standards for each component within the array of services, for persons with intellectual disabilities or other developmental disabilities, either operated or supported by the department and assure the competent management, program quality and cost-effectiveness of such services.

(4) Subject to available funds, the department shall ensure that each family with a member with an intellectual disability or another developmental disability has access to family support services, and that each person with an intellectual disability or another developmental disability living in the community, including those leaving the public education system, has access to community-based services necessary to enable the person to strive to achieve independence, productivity and integration. Specific services proposed for the person shall be identified in an individual habilitation plan or in a family support service plan.

(5) Subject to available funds, the department shall determine the content of individual habilitation plans and family support service plans, and the process whereby such plans are developed and updated.

(6) The department shall establish grievance procedures for mediation of disputes concerning eligibility for or appropriateness of services in individual cases. [1981 c.287 1; 1985 c.463 2; 1987 c.353 1; 1987 c.609 1; 1989 c.505 1; 2001 c.900 127; 2007 c.70 216; 2011 c.658 5]

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