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  • Job Opening: Developmental Disabilities Policy Associate

    12/2014

    The Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) seeks a full-time Policy Associate to work within our intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) studies team in our Tualatin, Oregon office.  HSRI is an equal opportunity non-profit organization that conducts research and evaluation and provides training and technical assistance in the fields of child welfare, developmental disabilities, and behavioral health.

    This position offers an exciting opportunity to participate in projects to advise policy makers regarding the means for managing service systems for people with I/DD of varying backgrounds.  These efforts primarily involve quantitative or qualitative data analysis, policy analysis, and partnerships with state human services agencies, local organizations, and others.

    Qualifications:  We are especially interested in retaining an individual with:

    • Extensive knowledge and experience centered on intellectual and developmental disabilities, including culturally-appropriate practices meant to promote community integration and self-direction; and
    • Knowledge and experience particular to the structure, operations and requirements of Medicaid waiver Home and Community Based Services. 

    In addition, this individual also must have the following qualifications:

    • Masters degree or equivalent experience, with a strong background in culturally competent social services research, evaluation or policy analysis;
    • Capability for compiling and writing project reports and other related products (e.g., PowerPoint presentations);
    • Capability to work well within a team of diverse backgrounds and experience to complete multiple projects simultaneously and contribute to overall management of projects;
    • Experience presenting project findings and other related topics, building partnerships, and disseminating work to diverse body of stakeholders at local, state and national levels;
    • Experience with responding successfully to Requests for Proposals;
    • Ability to work collaboratively with other organizations and funders; and
    • Willingness to travel.

    Additional Information:

    • This is a full-time salaried contractual position including benefits.  Salary commensurate with skills and experience. 
    • The position is located in Tualatin, Oregon (near Portland) and requires that the individual reside in the local area.  Responsibilities cannot be fulfilled on a virtual or off-site basis.
    • Travel to various jurisdictions to fulfill project responsibilities is required.

    Position is available starting in January 2015.  Applications are being accepted now.  Individuals from historically underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.  Send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: DD Policy Position, HSRI, 7420 SW Mohawk, Building K, Tualatin, OR  97062, or email to Pat Shelton at: pshelton@hsri.org

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  • HSRI Newsletter - December 2014

    12/2014

    The HSRI Newsletter (December 2014) was released last week. Topics include:

    • Developing Systems of Support for Families
    • New Toolkit for Peer Respite Programs
    • New Articles by HSRI Researchers
    • Using NCI Data to Demonstrate HCBS Compliance 
    • and more!

    You can find an online copy of the newsletter here: http://www.hsri.org/newsletter/20141204/

    And you can sign up to receieve future newsletters here: http://eepurl.com/eCefo

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  • NASDDDS Celebrates 50 Years of Leadership and Support to States

    12/2014

    HSRI is proud to congratulate NASDDDS, its longtime partner on the National Core Indicators and other influential projects, on a half-century of working to improve research, training, and services for people with disabilities and their families. This video was made to commemorate NASDDDS’ 50-year mark. In addition to celebrating the work of NASDDDS, the video highlights watershed events in the history of the developmental disabilities movement. Written and narrated by Robert Gettings. Produced by the Research and Training Center on Community Living, University of Minnesota.

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  • Now Available! New Resources on Peer Respites

    11/2014

    Peer respites are emerging as an alternative to medical interventions for people experiencing or at risk of experiencing a mental health crisis. Staffed and operated by individuals with lived experience of the mental health system, peer respite programs offer voluntary, short-term residential stays with a focus on building connections and mutual, trusting relationships to help people navigate their way through crisis. Bevin Croft, an HSRI research associate, and Laysha Ostrow, formerly of HSRI and now president and CEO of Live & Learn, have researched these programs and developed two new resources:

    Peer Respites Characteristics– Summarizes the results of a recent survey of peer respite programs in the United States.

    Peer Respites Toolkit– Intended to assist peer respite stakeholders through the process of documenting program operations and outcomes, this toolkit includes recommendations on evaluation and data monitoring techniques. It also includes a number of instruments and tools, including survey instruments and outcome measures, used by peer respites today.

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  • HSRI Senior Staff Member Takes New Position

    07/2014

    We would like to congratulate Lilia Teninty of our Tualatin, Oregon office on her new position as Director of the Oregon Division of Developmental Disabilities. She will assume her new role in mid-August. Since Lilia joined our staff in 2011 as a Senior Policy Specialist she has been an essential part of our work to inform policy and practice focused on individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is with warmest personal regards that we wish Lilia success as she assumes her new position.

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  • Now Available! Papers from the Community Access Unlimited Symposium

    27/2014

    Last fall, HSRI President Val Bradley helped facilitate the Community Access Unlimited (CAU) Social Movement Symposium, where participants and speakers explored trends in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities—including participant direction, self-advocacy, self-determination, technology, and managed care—and discussed ways to help expand a progressive inclusion movement to improve people’s lives.   Speakers included Ari Ne’eman from the Autism Self Advocacy Network, Ansley Bacon and David O’Hara from Westchester Institute for Human Development, and Kevin Mahoney from the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services.

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  • New Blog Post on The Riot!

    06/2014

    A new blog post is now available on the Riot website.  Guest blogger, Monica Foster, interviewed Megan Jones about life, poetry, and self-pride.

    Excerpts from Megan’s poem, “So Many Answers Left Unquestioned” are included in this post.

    Visit the blog at:  http://www.theriotrocks.org/self-advocate-finds-voice-in-poetry-theater

    Also, remember to “Like” the Riot on Facebook! 

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  • Job Openings: Child and Family Welfare Team at HSRI West

    06/2014

    The Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) is pleased to announce position openings in its Child and Family Services Research Team in Tualatin, Oregon. HSRI is a diverse and progressive non-profit firm that conducts research and evaluation and provides training and technical assistance in the fields of child welfare, developmental disabilities and behavioral health. Within the next two months, we expect to hire 2-3 professional staff at the Research Assistant and Research Analyst levels to work with our Child and Family team on several evaluations of human service delivery systems and programs.

    Duties for these full time positions will include: collecting and managing data, assembling charts and graphs, and preparing reports. Duties may also include a wide variety of specialized functions to support multiple projects such as quantitative and qualitative analysis, conducting interviews, creating and implementing surveys, report writing, and grant writing. Team members will be expected to participate in decision making, problem solving, and contact with state funders. Some field work may also be required.

    We are especially interested in professionals who have experience in program evaluation and research, with training/education in all areas of human service, including; social work, psychology, sociology, mental health, juvenile justice, and the social welfare system. Generally, while relevant experience is an important consideration, we find that Research Assistants at HSRI have a Bachelor degree from an accredited university in the targeted subject area, whereas Research Analysts have a Master’s degree.

    HSRI West has a strong commitment to honoring and supporting alternative work environments. We are dedicated to the provision and maintenance of a safe, healthy, and productive work place, and we understand and support a flexible work experience. HSRI is an equal opportunity employer.

    The salary range for these positions is $35,000 - $55,000 per year. HSRI offers a generous benefits package.

    If you are interested in working with a team of dedicated, hard-working, fun professionals, send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to:

    Child & Family Positions, HSRI
    7690 SW Mohawk, Building K
    Tualatin, OR 97062

    Or email to Pat Shelton at: pshelton@hsri.org

    For more information on HSRI, go to www.hsri.org

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  • HSRI Newsletter - March 2014

    03/2014

    The HSRI Newsletter (March 2014) was released this week. Topics include:

    • Reinventing Quality 2014
    • HSRI Child and Family Services Team Releases Final Report for the Ohio Soar Project
    • A Symposium for Madeleine Kimmich: Celebrating 26 Years of Service at HSRI
    • Update on National Core Indicators – Aging & Disability Services
    • and more!

    You can find an online copy of the newsletter here: http://www.hsri.org/newsletter/20140311/

    And you can sign up to receieve future newsletters here: http://eepurl.com/eCefo

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  • HSRI National Core Indicators Team Participates in Webinar on Reducing Medication Use in Adults with ID/DD

    03/2014

    On February 18, Val Bradley and Dorothy Hiersteiner participated in a webinar titled “Reducing Medication Use in Adults with ID/DD,” organized by the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR). Val and Dorothy presented NCI findings on rates of psychotropic drug use among the NCI Adult Consumer Survey population and discussed initiatives undertaken by states to manage over-medication. Other webinar presenters demonstrated the findings of state-specific studies into psychotropic drug use and discussed the measures their states have taken to reduce over-medication in adults with ID/DD. The webinar brought attention to an important issue, and it was well-attended and well-received.

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