Beginning January 1, 2011 Personal Support Workers who provide services to persons with Developmental Disabilities or Mental Health conditions have:

Access to training opportunities available through the Oregon Home Care Commission
Priority in registering for training classes for Homecare Workers and Personal Support Workers.
Access to Workers’ Compensation benefits.

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New Developmental Disability and Mental Health Committee
House Bill 3618 requires that the Home Care Commission to create a Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Committee.  The Developmental Disability and Mental Health Committee will review issues related to (but not limited to) the areas below:

1)     Qualifications for Personal Support Workers;
2)     Registration of Personal Support Workers;
3)     Referrals for routine, emergency, and respite care;
4)     Training opportunities for Personal Support Workers; and
5)     Collective bargaining.