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OR Human Services-Still a Long Way to Go

May 31, 2007

Salem, OR - For the first time in many years, the Oregon legislature is restoring some funding for human services programs that help families, seniors, people with disabilities and others. The question is, after years of cutbacks, whether it's too little, too late.

This year, the state has an additional $152 million for such services. The Oregon Department of Human Services is putting the money into programs like the Oregon Health Plan and Project Independence, but service providers -- including John Mullin of the Human Services Coalition of Oregon, -- say there's still a long way to go to fully recover from six previous years of cuts.

"Overall, they're programs that affect families, seniors, people with disabilities and a variety of programs across the board. They're basically restoring services to people who have lost them."

Mullin also supports using some of the surplus revenue for education. Robin Christian of the group Children First for Oregon adds, investing in human services now, when the state has some additional revenue, will pay off longterm.

"We're either going to invest in the programs that we know work that keep families whole and keep kids out of the system, or we're going to pay down the road for kids to be in the system."

Dondrea Warner/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - OR