To: Staff, Community Members and Community Partners
From: Dr. June Gower, Executive Director
Date: November 12, 2020
Re: Unfair Labor Practice Resolution
Mid-Columbia Center for Living & AFSCME have settled the Unfair Labor Practice dispute on several items in good faith. The Union dropped its major claims, and as a result MCCFL agreed to pay a small penalty. This confirms our commitment to continue the bargaining between parties to move resolutions forward; allowing MCCFL to focus on its mission of serving the community in its three counties.
Re: Community Developmental Disabilities Program (CDDP) Transition of Services
The purpose of this press release is to provide accurate information about the Community Developmental Disabilities Program (CDDP) transition happening in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman Counties.
As the current CDDP, Mid-Columbia Center for Living’s (MCCFL) contracted role is to provide eligibility determination, case management, licensure of Foster Homes and protective service investigations for persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). This important administrative role is being transitioned to another Provider through an Office of Development Disability Services (ODDS) contract. MCCFL is financially unable to support these vital services to the degree needed by the community and so another agency will take over these duties within 60 days. MCCFL’s current operating costs for the CDDP program exceed state funding and MCCFL is facing financial hardship.
More than just clients to MCCFL, people with IDD are our neighbors, family members and citizens of our community. Our existing CDDP staff are dedicated, hardworking and compassionate professionals. We acknowledge the decision to transition our contract after many years of serving the community is painful, sad and ill-timed; especially during CovId restrictions. MCCFL has strong relationships with other IDD community partners and hears the concerns they share and face with this transition.
CDDP services are not being cut or eliminated in any way in our three counties. Our current CDDP contract with DHS does not affect Local Brokerage, Foster Care, or Home Care Services that are under other contracts; nor does it impact IDD client Medicare funding. To minimize disruption MCCFL has asked ODDS to transition both the program duties and our existing professionally trained staff together. ODDS already have other interested providers they are considering for a new CDDP contract. MCCFL is not involved in ODDS’ decision to select the next CDDP Provider. ODDS will notify MCCFL when the new Provider has been selected. Until new information arrives, MCCFL will continue to listen to community feedback and work to minimize the challenges that arise out of this unfortunate and ill-timed change.
Our goal continues to be assisting in the transition of case management services for the IDD local community, community partners and ODDS until the transition of services are completed. We realize these are extremely difficult times and we are committed to keeping our community informed. Thank you for your patience and understanding as MCCFL assists in the transition of our IDD clients and their services.
Dear Community Members,
MCCFL is saddened by the senseless death of a Black American in Minneapolis. Just as COVID-19 has brought about overpowering emotions of sadness, anger, fear and hopelessness, it has also opened our eyes to the ongoing racist ideology many in this country hold, giving rise to an insurgence of xenophobic attacks based on ethnicity. It has shown the racial inequities harming our black communities, exposing the structures, systems, and policies responsible for creating social and economic conditions that lead to poor health outcomes, health disparities, and lower life expectancy.
Continue reading “Solidarity against Racism”
by Al Barton, Licensed Professional Counselor at MCCFL
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