Oregon has developed a unique approach to Social Services and Health Care for Seniors, Disabled, and those in poverty. It is a fundamental belief that communities are in a much better position to determine and provide these services - Portland social service needs are not the same as Molalla social service needs. The Community-Based approach includes the recent Community Congress held in Clackamas County to advise the County Board of Commissioners regarding community priorities and concerns. It also includes the forthcoming (May 28, 2009) Community Social Service Summit in Molalla, Oregon to inventory and coordinate local social services by volunteer, community service, 501(c)3, faith-based, and other organizations. And finally, it includes Oregon Project Independence (O.P.I.). This video captures the essence of how this approach may substantially reduce government costs - perhaps even applied nationally:
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