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Legislator PhotoSenator Sara Gelser

Democrat - District 8 - Corvallis, Albany, Philomath, Millersburg, Tangent, and unincorporated parts of Linn and Benton County


Capitol Phone: 503-986-1708
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-405, Salem, Oregon 97301


​Family First Implementation and Policy Work Group


Under the leadership of the Senate Human Services Committee, a work group is being established to address policy, budget and communication needs related to the implementation of new federal legislation championed by our Senator, Ron Wyden.

The federal Family First Prevention Services Act (Family First) passed in February 2018. Family First makes substantial changes to federal financing of child welfare and has significant implications for the structure of the Oregon Child Welfare Program. These changes will take effect October 1, 2019. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is currently drafting regulations, which will be issued October 1, 2018.

Work Group Meetings

Wednesday, May 9, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.​​

Wednesday, June 6, 9:30 a.m. to noon

Monday, July 9, 9:30 a.m. to noon

Wednesday, August 8, 9:30 a.m. to noon

Wednesday, September 5, 9:30 a.m. to noon​

Wednesday, October 10, 9:30 a.m. to noon

All meetings will be conducted at the Capitol in Hearing Room C. The public is invited to listen to these meetings in real time. This workgroup will be staffed by Jamie Hinsz, Analyst in the Legislative Policy and Research Office. Please contact her at 503-986-1507 or with any questions.

Meeting Summary - May 95/23/2018 1:26 PM 
Family First Prevention Services Act, Hand Engrossed5/17/2018 2:30 PM 
Model Family Foster Home Licensing5/10/2018 4:08 PM 
BRS Provider Map5/10/2018 4:08 PM 
Accreditation for QRTPs5/10/2018 4:07 PM 
Laura Berntsen presentation5/8/2018 9:04 AM 
CDF summary5/8/2018 9:04 AM 
CDF timeline5/8/2018 9:04 AM 
Family First Act5/8/2018 9:04 AM 
Family First Implementation and Policy Work Group - Invitation5/8/2018 9:04 AM 
May 9 Agenda5/4/2018 3:34 PM 
Senator Sara Gelser, ChairSenate District 8 
Senator Dallas HeardSenate District 1 
Senator Elizabeth Steiner HaywardSenator District 17 
Representative Tawna SanchezHouse District 43 
Representative Duane StarkHouse District 4 
Angela AllbeeDevelopmental Disabilities, Oregon Department of Human Services 
Janet ArenzOregon Alliance of Children’s Programs 
Bruce BakerDevelopmental Disabilities, Oregon Department of Human Services 
Belit BurkeSelf Sufficiency, Oregon Department of Human Services 
Josh GravesCatholic Community Services 
Andrew GroverYouth Villages 
Megan HassenJuvenile Court Improvement Program 
Chelsea HolcombChild, Adolescent and Family Behavioral Health, Oregon Health Authority 
Marissa JohnsonFoster Homes of Healing 
Rosa KleinOffice of Governor Kate Brown 
Jessica Lloyd RogersOregon Foster Parent Association 
Bobby MartinHealth Share of Oregon 
Leola McKenzieJuvenile Court Improvement Program 
Fariborz PaksereshtDirector, Oregon Department of Human Services 
Laurie PriceChild Welfare, Oregon Department of Human Services 
Kim ScottTrillium Family Services 
Kamala ShugarOregon Department of Justice 
Kris SkaroLicensing & Regulatory Oversight, Oregon Department of Human Services 
Leslie SuttonOregon Council on Developmental Disability 
The Honorable Nan WallerOregon Judicial Department 
Youth RepresentativeOregon Foster Youth Connection