Words like "smooth" and "seamless" were the only ones Umatilla County and state officials could conjure up to describe the transition of the developmental disabilities services from the former to the latter.
In December, the Umatilla County Board of Commissioners handed the responsibility for the developmental disabilities program - which coordinates services with clients within the county, but does not provide services itself - to the state. At the time, Commissioner Bill Hansell described it as removing the middleman and allowing the state to handle the program directly rather than going through the county.
Tuesday state representatives gave the county commissioners an update on what's happened since April, when the state officially took over.
At that time, five case managers and an office support person transferred from county to state employment, said Kathy Byrne, program manager for what is now called the Community Developmental Disabilities Program (CDDP). Since then the state has hired another office support person, a fiscal analyst and a quality assurance coordinator.
CDDP?also has worked with local contractors such as Lifeways and Horizon to ensure things are continuing to work well.
The number of clients has stayed steady, around 300 in the county. Byrne said those numbers may increase in the future, as more children are becoming eligible and signing up for services and assistance.
The CDDP also has moved to Eastern Oregon Training Center, which is undergoing a transition to closure after a lack of state funding, said Bob Clabby, CDDP administrator.
Relating to the EOTC closure, Clabby said it's ramped its clients down from 50 to 14 for an expected closure at the end of October. By then, about 10 of those clients will transfer to another residential housing program.