The Linn County Board of Supervisors appointed the Options Planning Task Force to study issues impacting the service delivery for people with developmental disabilities and to report the findings and recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. The task force met monthly from November 2013 to October 2014 and conducted a detailed review of the issues. Task force members included family members of Options consumers, service providers and Linn County staff.
The task force formally presented its recommendation to family members of Options consumers on Dec. 2 and to the Linn County Board of Supervisors on Dec.3, 2014. The recommendation is to restructure the day habilitation program to comply with new federal requirements and to eliminate the pre-vocational services (sheltered workshop) no later than June 30, 2016 due to federal changes requiring community integration by closing segregated settings, increasing national pressure to abolish sub-minimum wage waivers (used by Options), and a growing funding gap between the cost of operating the program and the funding available to pay for it. The Board of Supervisors unanimously accepted this recommendation on Dec. 8, 2014. Linn County case managers will work with Options' consumers and family members to assist them during this transitional period.
More information about the task force, its members, issues addressed, and the recommendations can be found here.