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Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

This week my team and I have worked hard to continue moving our bills forward and connect constituents with resources and services. All of my office’s bills have now been filed and are available to view online at OLIS.

As we get further into the legislative session, the pace begins to speed up. Here is your update on what has been going on at the Capitol. Below that you’ll also find the latest COVID-19 information.

Public Hearings

I am excited to announce that one of my bills is scheduled to have a public hearing Monday, 2/15 at 8:20 am. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the legislative process, once a bill is created and assigned to a committee, a public hearing must be held to ensure that the public has input on legislation likely to impact their lives.

HB 3037 is a bill that my office has been working with alongside Multnomah County which requires that youth suicides be reported to local mental health authorities within a timely manner. The bill also allows counties to share information regarding deceased youth who may live in one county but were found deceased in another. The bill also requires the state to create a statewide post-intervention plan. In addition, local mental health authorities and schools in the areas impacted by youth suicide must report the steps taken to provide support to the community. The bill has a hearing on 2/15 at 8:20am in the House Committee on Behavioral Health.

If you would like to testify about this bill - or any bill for that matter - I encourage you to watch the video below from my colleague and friend, Representative Dacia Grayber.

Virtual Coffee Conversations

We hosted our second Virtual Coffee Conversation on February 6 to great success with a fantastic dialogue between community members! Our next coffee will be Saturday, February 20, at 9 am. These events will be posted on Facebook and YouTube afterwards for the benefit of those who can’t join us live. You can RSVP with the link below or watch live on my Facebook page the day of.

RSVP Here
COVID-19 Subcommittee

This week the COVID-19 Subcommittee met on two separate occasions. 

On 2/8, the subcommittee met to discuss vaccine distribution with relation to our BIPOC communities as well as vaccine distribution through the lens of local health authorities. The committee also held a public hearing on HB 3057.

On 2/10 the subcommittee met to discuss COVID-19 vaccination as it relates to schools, educators, educational staff. Oregon Health Authority Director Pat Allen also provided the subcommittee with an update on the state of vaccines in Oregon.

On 2/15, the subcommittee will be holding a meeting to discuss the roll out of COVID-19 vaccines to Oregonians 80 years and older. We know that the launch left much room for improvement and we want to hear from you. If you wish to submit written testimony or testify live, you can sign up at the subcommittee page by selecting 2/15 on the right-hand sidebar of the page. We must ask that you submit your testimony in written form if you are not able to articulate all of your points within our three-minute, live-testimony limit. That said, we welcome and value the input of our constituents and thank you in advance for helping us make our important decisions.

COVID Update

COVID cases have recently been trending downward. This is a great sign that all the work Oregonians have done - to continue to wear masks (or even double masking), stay socially distant, and remain at home as much as possible - is working! We can’t help but feel hopeful now that there are vaccinations, but the experts advise that we continue those important, effective safety practices until we have vaccinated the majority of Oregonians. 

Vaccines for 80 and Older

On 2/8, the eligibility of the COVID-19 vaccine widened to include individuals 80 and older. Starting 2/15, Oregonians 75 and older will become eligible to receive the vaccine. The Oregon Health Authority has created a few tools to help navigate the vaccination process. The first is called Get Vaccinated Oregon which will let you know if you are eligible, inform you when you become eligible, and help you find a vaccination provider. Additionally, the State’s COVID Vaccine website provides info about the vaccine distribution process and allows individuals living in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Columbia or Marion counties to schedule a vaccination appointment by clicking the “Let’s get started” button when you scroll down. You can also call 211 to get more information or receive assistance with scheduling a vaccination appointment, email ORCOVID@211info.org, or text ORCOVID to 898211. 

The Oregon Health Authority does not require an ID to receive a vaccine and the vaccine will be free. However, if you do have insurance it is recommended that you bring your insurance information, as providers may charge your insurance an administration fee. 

If you experience side effects after you receive the vaccine,the CDC recommends using their V-safe website to report that information. The most common side effects are tenderness around the injection site, headaches, tiredness, and chills. The site will also remind you when it is time to receive the second dose of the vaccine.

While the roll-out of vaccines is exciting, it’s important to remember that vaccines are still a scarce resource and it may take weeks to get an appointment to be vaccinated. Please be patient – and stay safe! - as we all work through this process and more vaccines become available.

County Risk Level Update

In December the Governor, alongside the Oregon Health Authority, introduced a new county level approach to easing COVID restrictions based on a county’s risk level. As of 2/12, both Washington and Multnomah Counties are at high risk of COVID-19 spread, downgraded from their previous level of extreme risk. This lowering of risk allows certain activities, such as indoor exercise, to slowly open up. Here is where you can see your county’s risk level and what the guidance is for activities under that risk level.

Rep. Hernandez

Many of you have reached out to my office regarding the House Hearings on Representative Diego Hernandez’s conduct. On 2/4 I put out the statement I have attached below. We cannot tolerate behaviors that foster a hostile environment in the people’s Capitol.

Emergency Cold Weather Shelters

With the temperatures continuing to drop, I wanted to share with you 211’s list of winter and severe weather shelters: here. You can also dial 211 for more information. I hope you all are able to stay safe and warm during this cold front.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you’d like to support the vaccination effort, please consider volunteering to help with vaccinations! We are looking for medical and non-medical volunteers in all parts of Oregon to assist with the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. If you are a licensed and certified health care professional in the state of Oregon, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), and behavioral health providers, you can register with SERV-OR.

If you are a non-medical individual interested in volunteering, you can sign up with my office. Please note that we are collecting volunteer names but further instruction will come from one of the metro area health systems who are collaborating on vaccine distribution (Kaiser Permanente, Legacy, Providence, and OHSU). We appreciate your patience as the health systems continue to get through the list of volunteers.

Medical Professional Sign Up
Non-Medical Volunteer Sign Up
Stay in Touch!

The best way to stay informed and connect with my legislative work is through my Facebook page (State Representative Maxine Dexter), my Twitter account (@RepDexterOR), and my Instagram (@RepDexterOR).In addition, please feel free to reach out to my office at Rep.MaxineDexter@OregonLegislature.gov.

I am honored to represent you in Salem, and look forward to continuing to serve you and this amazing community we share.

Gratefully,

 

Maxine Dexter, MD
Oregon State Representative
House District 33

Resources
  • Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s office has compiled an exhaustive list of COVID resources here.
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline | 1-800-273-TALK (8255)- Crisis Text Line | Text HOME to 741741

  • Oregon Youthline | Call 877-968-8491 or text teen2teen to 839863 between 4pm - 10pm to text with another teen.

  • National Youth Crisis Hotline | 1-800-442-HOPE (4673)

  • Oregon Partnership 24 Hour Youth Helpline | 1-877-553-TEEN (8336)

  • NAMI Oregon | 503-230-8009 or 800-343-6264, email namioregon@namior.org - Live support from 9am - 5pm, M-F.

  • The Trevor Project | 1-866-488-7386 - 24/7 suicide prevention for LGBTQ.

  • Senior Loneliness Line | 503-200-1633 or 800-282-7035 - For Oregonians 55+ years old. Get ongoing support, resources, and listening sessions.

  • Veteran Crisis Line | 1-800-273-8255 - Call, chat, or text options, with deaf and hard of hearing support available.
     
  • Virtual Learning Assistance for Washington County Library members. (English resources) (Spanish Resources
  • Housing assistance: Family Promise of Beaverton is committed to helping children and their families affected by homelessness in the Beaverton area. (https://www.familypromiseofbeaverton.org/#homepage

  • Housing assistance: Community Housing Fund focuses on providing affordable housing and works on community projects. (http://www.thecommunityhousingfund.org/?page_id=38#.Xz9P3S2ZNQI)

  • Housing assistance: Community Action helps pay rent and help to get people in need of housing. (https://caowash.org

  • Housing assistance: Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter serves women in the community who are experiencing homelessness. (https://safes.salvationarmy.org

  • Housing assistance, utility assistance, food assistance: United Way of the Columbia-Willamette provides access to critical services like housing assistance and utility assistance and access to food. (https://www.unitedway-pdx.org)

  • Utility assistance: Oregon Energy Fund is a 30-year-old nonprofit that provides energy bill assistance to low-income Oregonians in support of household stability. (https://www.oregonenergyfund.org/about-us/

  • Utility assistance: Oregon Citizens’ Utility Board provides equitable, affordable, and reliable utility services. (https://oregoncub.org

  • Utility assistance: EnergyTrust helps people save money and energy. (https://www.energytrust.org)

  • Disability assistance: Plan For Work services help individuals with disabilities and provide different services to those in need. (https://www.droregon.org/plan-for-work)  

  • Youth assistance: New Avenues for Youth provides meals, showers, laundry, respite from the streets, engagement activities, and legal counsel. (https://newavenues.org/our-services)

  • Community assistance: Oregon Solutions solves community problems using a problem-solving system. (https://orsolutions.org/about/what-we-do)

  • Transportation assistance: Trimet has a reduced fare for low-income rider and seniors age 65+. (https://trimet.org/fares/honoredcitizen.htm)  

  • Food assistance, water bill assistance, and grants, utility assistance: Care To Share coordinates assistance to families and individuals who seek emergency food and other basic necessities. (http://www.caretosharehelp.org)  

  • Food assistance: Mercy Corps Northwest provides assistance for community members returning from prison. (https://www.mercycorpsnw.org/work/

  • Food assistance, housing assistance, utility assistance, disability assistance: Department of County Human Services ensures that everyone can reach their potential and contribute to communities. (https://multco.us/dchs)

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Salem, Oregon 97301
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