What Programs Are Available To Assist People With Disabilities in Oregon?

Is there a Medicaid waiver program in Oregon? Oregon has several waivers including:

  • Medically Involved Children's Waiver;
  • ICF / MR Comprehensive Residential;
  • Medically Fragile (Hospital) Model;
  • Behavioral (ICF/MR) Model;
  • ICF/MR Support Services

What state department handles the Medicaid waiver program in Oregon? The Department of Human Services (DHS) has programs to assist persons with disabilities.

What programs assist people who have developmental disabilities in Oregon? The following waiver programs assist people with disabilities: Comprehensive Waiver; Support Services Waiver; and Behavioral Model Waiver.

What is the best number to call to get started? To learn more about Medicaid waiver programs for persons with disabilities, contact the Seniors and People with Disabilities Division at (503) 945-5811 or (800) 282-8096.

Is there a website? http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/dd

Who Qualifies For Assistance?

What is considered a developmental disability in Oregon? "Developmental Disability" means a neurological condition that originates in the developmental years, that is likely to continue, and significantly impacts adaptive behavior as diagnosed and measured by a qualified professional as described in OAR 411-320-0080.

Are there income limits to receive Medicaid waiver services in Oregon? Yes, an individual can earn up to 300% of the SSI federal benefit rate, currently $2163 per month. Parental income is not considered. Only the individual's income is counted.

How old do you have to be to start receiving services in Oregon? Both the Aged and Disabled Waiver and the Supports Services Waiver require you to be 18 years or older to receive services. The other waivers do not have age requirements.

Is There a Waiting List For Services?

How long is the Medicaid waiver waiting list in Oregon? Oregon does not have a waiting list. In 2000, six people with developmental disabilities sued the State of Oregon regarding the long waiting list, arguing that they were being unreasonably denied access to services. The parties settled out of court, with several agreements. Part of this agreement put an end to the waiting lists.

How many people are on the Medicaid Waiver waiting list in Oregon? There are 0 people waiting for services in Oregon.

How many people are currently receiving waiver services in Oregon? The Aged and Physically Disabled Waiver serves 25,932 people. The Comprehensive Waiver serves 6,217 people. The Support Service Waiver serves 4,482 people. The behavioral Model Waiver serves 102 people. The Hospital Model Waiver serves 83 people. The Medically Involved Children's Model Waiver serves 110 people.

What assistance is available while you wait? N/A Oregon does not have a waiting list for their Medicaid Waiver programs.

Is there priority preference for people who are in crisis? N/A Oregon does not have a waiting list for their Medicaid Waiver programs.

What Services Are Offered & What Are The Service Limitations?

What services does the Medicaid waiver program offer in Oregon? Services vary by waiver.

The Comprehensive Waiver includes the following services: Respite; Habilitation (Day, Residential, Prevocational, Supported Employment); Environmental Accessibility Adaptations; Non-Medical Transportation; Specialized Medical Equipment and Supplies; Family Training; In-Home Support Services; Crisis/Diversion Services; PT/OT/Speech.
The Support Services Waiver includes the following services: Respite; Homemaker; Supported Employment Services; Environmental Accessibility Adaptations; Non-Medical Transportation; Chore Service; Personal Emergency Response Systems; Family Training; PT/OT/Speech; Special Diets; Specialized Supports; Support Services Brokerages; Emergent Services; Community Inclusion; Community Living; Specialized Medical Equipment.

Does Oregon offer community group homes? Yes, Oregon has Residential programs that provide training and supports, in homes in the community, to adults with developmental disabilities who require 24-hour support, supervision and training. Programs provide room and board as well as an array of services to one to five individuals per home.

Does Oregon offer supported living? Yes, Oregon offers Supported Living Services. Supported Living Services provide individualized supports, delivered in a personalized manner, to individuals who live in the home of their choice. Levels of support are based on the individual's needs and preferences as defined in the Individual Support Plan.

Are there still state owned institutions in Oregon? There are no state institutions to seclude those with developmental disabilities.

How Do You Select A Provider?

Do Medicaid waiver providers work for the state of Oregon? Providers work with a Brokerage. To obtain support services, individuals are first enrolled in a Support Services Brokerage. Brokerage organizations employ staff (Personal Agents) who help enrolled individuals develop an individual support plan, obtain available resources necessary to implement the plan, select people or organizations to provide specific support services, and monitor and evaluate the outcomes of delivered services. Often individuals choose to hire people as their own employees to provide services. Sometimes services are delivered through a business that is available to the general public as a whole.

About how many providers are there in Oregon? Unknown

Do you have a choice in providers? Yes, you select your services and your providers.

How Do You Become A Provider?

Providers are required to obtain certification by the Department of Human Services, Seniors and Persons with Disabilities using approved state standards. Call contact DMAP Provider Enrollment at 1-800-422-5047 to learn more about becoming a provider in Oregon.

Additional Information

Brokerage Support Services for Adults offers a variety supports for individuals living in their own or their family home. The Staley lawsuit settlement agreement and self-determination provide the foundation for services. Persons enrolled in support services have their own budget and the authority to hire and manage service providers. Supports are available at home and to assist in community involvement including work.

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