January 30, 2019

Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

In the very unprecedented and unsettling time with COVID-19, we will try to keep some key items up to date on this site. There are many materials and other resources on the ODDS COVID-19 website: 


Below are letters that went out to individuals and families receiving services:

Letter to individuals in 24-hour residential, adult foster home and provider-owned or controlled supported living settings.

Letter to individuals in in-home services

For Oregon information on COVID-19 policy please refer to the transmittals below:

Revised COVID-19 Guidance for Entry into Acute Health Care Facilities
ODDS COVID-19 Website
OHA COVID-19 Website
COVID-19 Precautions (APD-AR-20-029)
COVID-19 High Risk Assessment (APD-AR-20-024)
Covid-10 Podcast: Lilia Teninty, ODDS Director & Michelle Patton, Occupational Health, Safety & Emergency Services
Covid-19 Staffing Support for Providers and Case Management Entities
Covid-19 Staffing Support for DSA, Employment and Residential Providers
Transmittal Outlining “Essential Staff” for Stay at Home Order
Transmittal On Temporary Emergency Authorization for Personal Support Worker Overtime
– Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Case Management Entities
– FAQ for DSA and Employment Providers
– FAQ for ODDS Providers
Updated Transmittal on Case Management Face-To-Face Requirements
Updated Transmittal on Adult Foster Home Visitation Restrictions

Department of Human Services Statement on Changes to “Public Charge” Rule

On Monday, August 12, the Trump administration announced a new rule that makes it harder for immigrants who rely on certain government benefit programs to obtain lawful permanent residency if they are found to be a “public charge,” which means they have received public benefits or may receive them in the future.

The new public charge rule is scheduled to take effect October 15, 2019, and will expand the list of benefits that the federal government could consider when making decisions about lawful permanent residency. While some Department of Human Services (DHS)-administered benefits are already affected by the current rule, the new rule would impact additional benefits, such as Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) that serves more than 600,000 Oregonians, and some forms of Medicaid-funded services.

The Department of Human Services has identified that the greatest potential impact to program participation is the fear that the proposed public charge could affect immigration status for individuals or their families. This fear may lead to fewer families accessing benefits, even when some family members are citizens and have a legal right to our programs. 

“When people – especially children and vulnerable adults – go hungry, lack medical care, and become homeless the impacts are far reaching and expensive. They are preventable and generate cost avoidance that can be refocused on other priorities that move our country forward,” Department of Human Services Director Fariborz Pakseresht wrote to the federal government about the proposed rule last December.

DHS encourages anyone who has questions about the federal public charge rule to: