Aging and People with Disabilities Division

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Barbara Roberts Human Services Building
The Barbara Roberts Human Services Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Aging and People with Disabilities Division. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
The DHS Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) programs assist a diverse population of older adults and people with disabilities to achieve well-being through opportunities for community living, employment, family support and long-term services that promote independence, choice and dignity. The program’s goals are to ensure the safety and protection of the population whom APD serves, with a focus on prevention; facilitate awareness of and easy access to services; serve people in an equitable and cul­turally sensitive manner; promote high quality services by APD, its local partners and providers; and increase advocacy efforts to improve outcomes for APD consumers.
During the 2017–2019 biennium, APD expects to serve over 5,000 people age 60 and older through Oregon Project Independence; over 36,000 older adults and people with physical disabilities per month with long-term care services paid through Medicaid; over 450,000 older individuals with Older Americans Act services; and over 150,000 Oregonians with direct financial support services.

Oregonians needing information about these programs may contact the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) of Oregon. The ADRC is a collaborative public-private partnership that streamlines consumer access to the aging and disability service delivery system. The ADRC is free to Oregonians and provides information and assistance that empowers people to make informed decisions. Through trained options counselors, Oregonians can develop action plans to address long-term service and support needs that align with their preferences, financial situations, values and needs. During the last biennium, the ADRC received over 18,000 calls and 164,000 website inquiries. Employees from both APD local offices and Area Agencies on Aging throughout Oregon are responsible for providing direct client services and for determining eligibility of the aging and people with disabilities for medical programs provided through the Oregon Health Authority.
APD is impacted by demographic growth in the older adult population and is serving an increasingly diverse population. APD strives to identify disparities in outcomes for diverse populations and identify strategies to serve individuals in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.

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Address: 500 Summer St. NE, E02, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-947-1100
Fax: 503-373-7823
Contact: Ashley Carson-Cottingham, Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Kimberly Colkitt-Hallman
Records Officer Email: Cathy Cooper 
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Note: The functions of the Aging and People with Disabilities Division were formerly carried out by the Senior and Disabled Services Division.
Title: Administrative Correspondence
Dates: 1973-1978
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