On June 20, some organizations that offer one-to-one support for adults with developmental disabilities were informed by Oregon Department of Human Services that they are going to be reclassified — and given a pay cut. As of September 1, businesses that offer individualized community inclusion support services could receive up to a 50% pay cut, which could force some to discontinue their services.
According to Molly Mayo of On-the-Move Community Integration in Portland, this was not the first time DHS has informed them of categorical changes at the last minute. Mayo told OPB that this is the fifth significant change and rate cut in the last year. But Mayo, who also helped found the Oregon Small Provider Coalition, says the most recent reclassification will have lasting and dire consequences for the already small field.
Are you a support worker or a family member of a developmentally disabled adult? How will this reclassification affect you?
- Molly Mayo: Founder and Executive Director of On-the-Move Community Integration
Editor’s note: This post was edited to reflect that the change will only effect some service providers.