SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

January 17, 2001                                                                                                     Hearing Room B

1:00 PM                                                                                                                           Tapes  2 - 3

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Bill Fisher, Chair

Sen. Gary George

Sen. Ken Messerle

Sen. Frank Shields

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:          Sen. Margaret Carter, Vice-Chair

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Rick Berkobien, Administrator

Andrew Morris, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:           Informational Meeting Department of Human Services

                                                SB 364 Public Hearing

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 2, A

004

Chair Fisher

Calls the meeting to order at 1:08 p.m. and introduces the committee. 

032

Sen. George

Introduces self to the committee.

046

Sen. Shields

Introduces self to the committee.

063

Sen. Messerle

Introduces self to the committee.

082

Rick Berkobien

Administrator.  Introduces self to the committee.

100

Chair Fisher

Introduces Gary Weeks and Bobby Mink of the Department of Human Services (DHS). 

121

Berkobien

Reads letter to Weeks from the committee (EXHBIT A).

147

Gary Weeks

Director, DHS.  Comments on his tenure at DHS and cooperation with the Legislature.  Thanks the committee for their work with DHS.  

238

Weeks

Continues testimony.  Discusses his interests in DHS.  Comments on the original vision of DHS to give people the ability to go to one place to receive the services they need.  Explains the integration process. 

325

Weeks

Comments on different services that DHS provides.  States that Oregon has been a forerunner for human services.  Comments on the reorganization process. 

376

Chair Fisher

Thanks Weeks for his work.

397

Sen. Shields

Thanks Weeks for his work.

428

Bobby Mink

Deputy Director, DHS.  Presents (EXHIBIT B) to the committee.  Explains the reorganization process.

TAPE 3, A

036

Mink

States the reorganization will allow the divisions to work in teams.  Explains the reorganization will also allow for policies to made that will work with each other.  States the reorganization plan will be presented to the governor before Weeks leaves.

063

Chair Fisher

States he would like regular updates on the reorganization.

069

Mink

States the reorganization is in best interest of the agency.

074

Sen. Shields

Explains his concern about reorganizing the agency during the Legislative Session.  States it is important the reorganization does not get lost within the legislature.

088

Mink

States he will work diligently on the project.

095

Sen. Messerle

Relates the test project in Coos County.  States that the reorganization is very important. 

110

Chair Fisher

Conveys the committee’s support in the reorganization process.

SB 364 PUBLIC HEARING

134

Berkobien

Explains SB 364 to the committee. 

161

Gin Denison

Administrator, Governor’s Advocacy and Children’s Ombudsman Office and Oregon’s Children’s Ombudsman.  Testifies on SB 364.  Explains effects the of bill.  States that the bill needs some amendments.

186

Micky Lansing

Deputy Director, Commission on Children and Families.  Testifies on support of SB 364.  States that DHS could fulfill the statute requirements more efficiently than what is being done currently.

196

Chair Fisher

Opens a sub-committee to listen to testimony on SB 364

OPENS A SUB-COMMITTEE

200

Lansing

Comments on the original legislation from the 1993 Session. 

218

Chair Fisher

Thanks Denison for her work as the ombudsman.

234

Chair Fisher

Reopens the full committee.

OPENS THE FULL COMMITTEE

247

Nancy Miller

Director, Juvenile Court Programs Division of the State Court Administrators Office.  Testifies on SB 364.  States support for the transfer.  States some amendments are being worked on with Denison. 

265

Chair Fisher

Closes the public hearing on SB 364 and adjourns at 1:55 p.m.

                                                                                                                                   

Submitted By,                                                                           Reviewed By,

 

 

 

Andrew Morris,                                                                        Rick Berkobien,

Committee Assistant                                                                 Administrator

 

EXHIBITS

 

A – Letter to Gary Weeks from the committee, submitted by Staff, 1 pp.

B – Outline of DHS reorganization and fact sheet, submitted by Bobby Mink, 7 pp.