Services Departments Government

Monthly Network Meeting

March 26, 2015

Topic: Adults with Disabilities - Resources, Services, and Advocacy

Independent Living Resources (ILR) and Association of Oregon Centers for Independent Living

Presenter - Barry Fox-Quamme, Independent Living Resources (ILR) Executive Director
Phone: 503-232-7411
Website: http://www.ilr.org/

Key points: ILR is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people with all disabilities. The agency provides services using both staff and volunteers. Special programs and projects – Work Incentives Network, STEPS to Success with Your Homecare Worker, Senior Medical Patrol, Knight Cancer Institute, PSU Men’s Safer Stronger Program, Metro Nature in Neighborhoods Access Recreation Project. Please visit the ILR website to learn more and to sign up for the ILR quarterly newsletter.

Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services (OVRS)

Presenter - Derek Hill, Vocational Rehabilitation Services Counselor
Phone: Visit website to find the office closet to you, http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/vr/index.shtml

Key Points: The goal of OVRS is to support Oregonians with disabilities to find and maintain work. Examples of Services provided: Assessment services - measure your strengths, capabilities, work skills and interests Counseling and guidance - services provided throughout the rehabilitation process to help you make good decisions about how to reach your goals; Independent living services - help you understand and deal with disability issues that prevent you from working; these include, but are not limited to: training in self-care, money management, and using community transportation; Assistive technology services - assist you with communication or doing tasks by using devices such as hearing aids, visual aids, special computer software, etc. You can explore with your counselor how technology might help you reach your employment potential or get a device you need to go to work. Please visit website to learn more.

Clackamas County Developmental Disabilities (DD) Program

Presenter - Stacie Mullins, Clackamas County DD Eligibility Specialist
Main Number: 503-655-8640
Intake and Eligibility number: 503-557-2824
Webpage: http://www.clackamas.us/socialservices/developmental.html

Key Points: The Clackamas County Developmental Disabilities Program serves eligible adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities that live in Clackamas County. Services include service coordination, abuse investigation, intake and eligibility, and program development. Stacie explained and answered many questions, a few of which you can find the answers to on the Social Services DD webpage such as: What is a developmental disability? What conditions are not considered developmental disabilities? How do I apply for services through the Developmental Disabilities Program? And, who is eligible for developmental disability (DD) services?

Disability Services Advisory Council (DSAC)

Presenter - Joseph Lowe, Chair DSAC
DSAC Staff Liaison, at: (971) 673 6621 or geogianne.obinger@state.or.us

The DSAC represents adults with disabilities throughout Clackamas County. Made up of local volunteers, The DSAC educates, and advocates on behalf of adults with disabilities, as well as, advises four Department of Human Services and Adults with Disabilities offices on state programs and policies that provides benefits and services to adults with disabilities. The DSAC meet regularly on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 1:30 – 3:30 pm. Meetings are open to the public. To find out where and when the next DSAC meeting will be held or to apply to become a DSAC member please contact Georgianne Obinger, DSAC Staff Liaison, at: (971) 673 6621 or geogianne.obinger@state.or.us.

Special thanks to all the presenters and meeting guests. Please feel free to contact us with any questions: Contact Margaret McNamara at Rnetworking@co.clackamas.or.us, or (503) 650 5737

January 22, 2015

Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia: Resources and Supports Plus AND new program for reducing depressive symptoms and improving quality of life for older adults.

The Challenges of Alzheimer’s Disease

Presenter - Nirmala Dhar - Behavioral Needs Care Coordinator, Clackamas County Behavioral Health
Contact: Clackamas County Behavioral Health Division
phone: (503) 742-5335
Website: clackamas.us/behavioralhealth/

Key points: Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia most common in the US and 6th leading cause of death in the United States. Nirmala shared a PowerPoint presentation – highlights: Neurobiology of AD, Stages of AD, Challenging behaviors, Tips for better communication, and lots of Community Resources. If you would like the PowerPoint Nirmala presented, send request to: I-Rnetworking@clackamas.us I-Rnetworking@clackamas.us

Care Coordination & Patient Advocacy for the Elderly, Disabled and Chronically Ill

Presenter - Megan Johnson, Founder/CEO of Lionheart Healthcare
Contacts: Megan Johnson, Founder/CEO and Mary Beth Rosenstiel, RN, DNP, Director of Clinical Services
Office: (503) 889-0494
Website: www.LionheartCare.com

Megan shared her personal experience taking care of her husband when he was diagnosed with dementia and how it inspired her to open Lionheart Healthcare which offers RN Care Coordination and Patient Advocacy for the elderly and chronically ill. Megan shared a PowerPoint highlighting how to build a care support circle around your loved one with dementia and how to be a strong patient advocate while surviving as a caretaker. If you would like the PowerPoint Megan presented, send request to: I-Rnetworking@clackamas.us

Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) Initiative

Presenter - Jennifer Kenny, Program Planner, Clackamas County Social Services
Contact: Jennifer Kenny
Office: (503) 650-5628, email: jkenny@clackamas.us

A state-wide initiative is underway to enhance the capacity of the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) system to ensure that people with dementia and their family caregivers, regardless of income level or geography, have access to information, support, and a broad range of services to meet their needs. To achieve this, Clackamas County is working with regional partners to implement trainings, promote care options, and evaluate an evidence-informed early stage memory loss program. For more information contact Jennifer Kenny.

Alzheimer's Association – Care Support

Presenter - Sarah Holland - Director of Programs and Outreach, Alzheimer's Association Oregon Chapter
24/7 Helpline 1-800-272-3900
Oregon Chapter Office 503-416-0201
Website: www.alz.org/oregon/

The Alzheimer's Association provides a wide array of services for both professional and family caregivers. These services include educational presentations, support groups, and early stage social engagement for those living with Dementia. In addition to these service the Associations offer a 24/7 helpline staffed by dementia experts and multiple online tools designed to support caregivers at throughout the course of Alzheimer's disease. If you would like the PowerPoint Sarah presented, send request to: I-Rnetworking@clackamas.us

The PEARLS Program

Presenter - Barb Majors, MSW CSWA, PEARLS Counselor
Contact: Jewish Family and Child Service
Office: 503-226-7079 x 112
Email: BarbaraMajors@jfcs-Portland.org

The PEARLS Program - provides short term, in-home counseling to seniors 60 and older or for people receiving disability services who are experiencing depression. The PEARLS Program, which stands for Program to Encourage Active Rewarding Lives, is designed to overcome some of the barriers to counseling. A counselor can meet with you individually in your home or community. Together, you identify and solve problems that are linked to making you feel the way you do, as well as find ways to become more physically and socially active. The PEARLS program teaches you skills to manage unpleasant feelings and improve your quality of life. There is no fee for this program.
If you would like the PowerPoint Barb presented, send request to: I-Rnetworking@clackamas.us

Three Rivers Village – Aging in Place

Presenter - Tom Brennan, Co-Founder
Contact: 503-709-6278

A Village is a group of like-minded people in a geographic area who come together and develop the resources they need to age comfortably in their homes. Like Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs), Villages embrace the strategy of bringing services to people rather than moving people to services. The purpose of Villages is to enable people to age in place as well as they can for as long as they can as affordably as possible. Villages do this by providing the services and support people need to be able to age in place but can no longer safely do some things themselves. Examples include climbing on ladders to change light bulbs, doing yard work, driving at night, spring cleaning, simple home repairs, transportation to and assistance with grocery shopping.

The benefit for dementia and Alzheimer patients and caregivers in the Three Rivers Village Community would be the gain of another valuable resource for the provision of many support services directly or through familial care network.

Special thanks the presenters and meeting guests. Please feel free to contact us with any questions: Contact Margaret McNamara at Rnetworking@clackamas.us, or (503) 650 5737

November 20, 2014 meeting - Clackamas County Housing Initiatives and Homeless Outreach for Individuals and Families - Including New Veterans Homeless Outreach Project; and Housing for Adults of Domestic Violence

Homeless Plan and 2015 Homeless Count
Presenter - Lynne Deshler, Coordinator for Clackamas County Ten Year Homeless Plan and 2015 Homeless Count

Key points: Every two years Clackamas County takes part in a nationwide effort to count homeless individuals who are sheltered within homeless assistance programs and those people who are unsheltered, living on the streets. The next count will take place the last three weeks in January 2015. Nationally homelessness is defined within two categories for the purpose of this count. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines the homeless as:

For more information on the 2015 Homeless Plan and 2015 Homeless Count, contact Lynne Deshler at lynne@cedar-haven.net, or 503-631-3106.

Clackamas County Coordinated Housing Access
Presenter - Torrey Giaquinta, Coordinated Assessment Implementation Specialist

Key points: Starting January 5, 2014, the Clackamas County Coordinated Housing Access Program will be the central entry point for households experiencing homelessness or a housing crisis to seek assistance. Persons will call Coordinated Housing Access at 503-655-8575. The Coordinated Assessment will provide standardized access, standardized assessment, and coordinated referrals to individuals seeking housing (per HUD) experiencing a housing crisis.

Event: Coordinated housing Access Information Session. The session is geared toward providers who will be referring households to Coordinated Housing Access. December 17, 2015 from 11-12:30, Room 369 of the Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Rd, Oregon City. For more information on this session or the Clackamas County Coordinated Housing Access Program please contact Torrey Giaquinta, at TGiaquinta@clackamas.us, or call (503) 650-5708.

Clackamas County Veterans Homeless Outreach Project
Presenters - Tina Kennedy and Marc Mooney, Homeless Veterans Outreach Specialists

Key points: Assisting in the 2015 Homeless Count to help ensure an accurate count of homeless veterans and providing assistance to chronically homeless veterans and their families. If you know of a homeless veteran in Clackamas County that is in need of assistance please call or refer person to Tina or Marc. Tina and Marc both veterans themselves, would be happy to hear from you or someone in need. Contacts: Tina, (971)-235-3161, Marc, 971-235-3160.

Clackamas Women’s Services (CWS) located at A Safe Place Family Justice Center
Presenter - April Quast, Abuse Later in Life Advocate

Key points: The CWS emergency shelter provides a safe place for women and children fleeing their homes due to domestic violence, sexual assault/abuse, elder abuse, stalking or sexual trafficking or exploitation. If you or someone you know needs shelter, Please call our crisis and support line at: 503-654-2288 or 1-888-654-2288.
CWS also offers counseling, legal support, and support into transitional housing opportunities. CWS offices contact: info@cwsor.org, (503)-655-8600

Special thanks to - Lynne Deshler, Torrey Giaquinta, Tina Kennedy, Marc Mooney, and April Quast for presenting. Please feel free to contact us with any questions: I-Rnetworking@clackamas.us

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