New Oregon Bill Could Leave Developmental Patients Without Services

A new proposed bill in the Oregon State Legislature could leave hundreds of developmentally disabled Oregonians without services.

Senate Bill 19 was introduced earlier this month.

Advocacy groups says they are worried because while it calls for licensing of all adult foster homes and makes new requirements on mandatory reporting, some language tucked away of the bill proposes changing the state’s definition of an intellectual disability.

The bill proposes changing the standard to an IQ below 70, meaning people with IQs between 71 and 75 could no longer qualify for state benefits.