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February 3, 2023 Member Briefing

Of Special Note

New Oregon Governor Kotek has unveiled her budget recommendations for the 2023-25 biennium. The 466 page document prioritizes housing and homelessness; improving access to mental health and addiction services; and improving outcomes in early literacy and K-12 schools. You will find the budget summary here.

More than 2,000 legislative bills have already been introduced in Oregon. We are tracking 87 bills ranging from housing; healthcare; and workforce related matters such as: SB 402 directing ODHS to enhance capacity of long term care workforce and increase quality of long term care services.

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Registration now open for Nursing Facility Behavioral Health and Pandemic Impact

This 12-session ECHO series is designed to develop more knowledgeable, skilled and confident nursing facility staff who are well-equipped to deliver person-centered care to address residents' mental health concerns and behavioral issues. Virtual sessions take place on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., September 14, 2022 - March 1, 2023. Click here to register.

Terwilliger Plaza Installs Iconic Skybridge in Downtown Portland

Designed To Meet and Accomplish Passive House Certification Upon Completion, Parkview Will Be One Of The Largest Passive House Certified Senior Living Buildings In The U.S.

LRS Architects, a firm that values innovation, creativity, and collaboration, is proud to announce its partnership with Terwilliger Plaza, Walsh Construction, and PAE on the design and construction of Parkview, an expansion to the current campus that will set a new standard for senior living. Upon completion, Parkview, a ten-level, 370,000 square foot building offering 127 independent living apartment homes designed with modern Passive House principles, will contribute to Portland's distinction as a national leader in sustainable building practices. In early August, the skybridge will be erected and will eventually connect the Parkview expansion with the existing campus, which 350 people currently call home, while also creating an iconic gateway to the southern entrance to the city.

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LeadingAge Oregon Brings Nature Indoors Through CMP Grant

The indoor garden is constructed in partnership with a job training program that employs and trains veterans and adults living with disabilities

Eldergrow, a Seattle-based company that brings nature indoors to elders in senior living communities, is the centerpiece of a Federal Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP) grant awarded to the LeadingAge Oregon Association. The Initiative named the GARDEN Project, will reach the needs of elders living in LeadingAge Oregon’s skilled nursing member communities. There are 8 communities involved in this grant, receiving a total number of 11 indoor therapeutic gardens across the state of Oregon.

Established in 1979, LeadingAge Oregon is dedicated to its mission of advancing quality aging services in Oregon through advocacy, education, and fellowship. Kristin Milligan, CEO of LeadingAge Oregon had this to say, “Partnering with Eldergrow on the GARDEN Project aligns with our organization’s commitment to providing our members with the support they need to improve the quality of care and life for their residents.”

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