Covid-19 Booster Shots are Available!


  • A booster is a vaccine dose that may be given to someone whose immune response from the primary vaccine series begins to wane over time or to those at higher risk of severe disease or infection due to working or living conditions.
  • A third dose is recommended to people who are immunocompromised at least 28 days after their final dose of Moderna or Pfizer.  NOTE: People who receive third doses should not get a booster dose.

For more information regarding booster shots or third doses, visit the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) COVID-19 website:



At this time, individuals can get the booster if they are:

  • 65 years or older;
  • 18+ and live in long-term care settings (like a foster or group home);
  • 18+ and have underlying medical conditions, including I/DD (this includes caregivers and families); or
  • 18+ and live or work in high-risk settings.

To find out more about who is eligible, visit the CDC’s website:



At this time, most pharmacies are now offering boosters. If you need help locating a clinic, contact your Local Public Health Authority (LPHA) or use OHA’s Get Vaccinated Oregon tool to find a clinic/location near you:


As always, if you have questions or need help navigating these resources, contact your Personal Agent (PA). We are here for you!

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Daylight Savings and eXPRS entries

Support Contact:
If providers have difficulty or see anomalies in their POC SD billings for the date Sun 11/7/2021, please submit an eXPRS Technical Assistance Request webform & request assistance.

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Vaccines & your personal support workers

This message is for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and family members or guardians who employ personal support workers (PSWs).

If you have PSWs supporting you at home, you can:

  • Choose your providers
  • Share your preferences with your providers
  • Ask if your providers are vaccinated
  • Ask for proof that your providers are vaccinated

It is okay to ask your provider if they are vaccinated, but your provider could choose not to answer.

Talking about vaccination status can be hard. Ask for support from a trusted friend, family member, or your case manager. If recruiting a new provider, it’s important to share your preferences and any qualifications, including around vaccinations.

If you have any questions, reach out to your Personal Agent (case manager) and they can support you. You can also check out resources from BOLI, including tips for employers.


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PSW Training Guide & Information

Attention PSWs


As you may be aware, starting Sept 1, 2021, PSWs will be required to complete specific trainings to be credentialed as a provider and to maintain credentials.


This rule is a result of Senate Bill 1534, which sets training standards for all DD PSWs.


Here is what you need to know:




Starting September 1, 2021, all new providers MUST:

  • complete the 4-hour PSW/HCW Orientation before they can

receive their SPD provider ID number and be credentialed as a DD PSW provider for the first time.


  • complete two 4-hour PSW Core Basics trainings (total of 8 hours) within 120 days after completing their PSW Orientation,


  • complete a total of 12 hours of PSW Continuing Education trainings every 2 years from the completion of their PSW Orientation, to continue to be credentialed





As of March 1, 2022, all incumbent PSW providers (existing/currently

credentialed and working as a DD PSW prior to 9/1/2021) MUST:


  • complete 8 hours of PSW Core Basics Refresher training by March 1, 2022, to remain credentialed as a PSW provider,


  • complete a total of 12 hours of PSW Continuing Education trainings every 2 years from the completion of their PSW Core Basics Refresher, to continue to be credentialed and work as a PSW provider ongoing


For more information, refer to the attached guide or visit the Carewell website at



Helpful Links:





How to View PSW Trng Info – CMEs

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PSW Training Requirement – with perks!

On September 1, 2021, a new Oregon law will require all homecare and personal support workers and personal care attendants to complete 12.5 hours of training by March 31, 2022. Carewell SEIU 503 Training is now piloting this training, so you can get a jump-start on your training requirement. Training for current workers takes place in two parts: an Online Refresher and a virtual Refresher Workshop.

Complete Refresher Training to receive a $200 stipend, and for a limited time, be entered to win weekly and monthly prizes up to $1,000!

There’s never been a better time to get trained! Not only does training help you be the best care provider you can be, you will also receive a $200 stipend for completing Refresher Training. Plus, for a limited time, Carewell is holding one monthly drawing for $1,000, and five weekly drawings for $300 each — $1,500 per week — for eligible workers who complete their Refresher Training.

New training requirements can be confusing, but Carewell is here to help make it simple! We want to help every single care provider take advantage of our free online, self-paced training in order to meet their training requirement. This really is the best time to start your training, so register today!


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Impact Oregon

Impact Oregon is a new website to connect job seekers with careers in the developmental disabilities field.

Check out the video below:


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Oregon ABLE is launching new monthly webinars!

Oregon ABLE is launching new monthly webinars!


There are three types of webinars available:

  1. Oregon ABLE 101: This is an introduction to ABLE. It is geared for people who don’t have an account and want to know more about how the program works.

When: 2nd Wednesday of every month at noon and 6 p.m.



  1. How to Use Your Oregon ABLE Account: This is geared for people who have accounts but want more info on how to use it. This will cover everything from how to do certain things like make a withdrawal on the website, to how long it takes to transfer money into the account.

When: 3rd Wednesday of every month at noon and 6 p.m.



  1. Invaluable series: Every month Oregon ABLE will have an expert come and talk to about different financial topics. January will be about budgeting and money management and February will be about setting attainable financial goals. Topics will get more advanced over the course of the year and include topics like building credit and how to start working without losing benefits. The series is specifically tailored to adults/youth with disabilities since most financial literacy programs don’t factor in the reality of living with a disability.

When: 4th Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m.


For event times and registration – visit the Oregon ABLE website at

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