Oregon Department of Human Services

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Oregon Department of Human Services
ODHS
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Agency overview
Formed 1971
Type State Government, Social Services
Jurisdiction U.S. state of Oregon
Headquarters Salem[1]
Employees 9,800 (approx.)
Annual budget [2]
Agency executive
  • [3], Director
Child agencies
  • Aging and People with Disabilities
  • Child Welfare
  • Self Sufficiency Programs
  • Office of Developmental Disability Services
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
Website http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/pages/index.aspx

The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) is the principal human services agency of the government of the U.S. state of Oregon. ODHS helps Oregonians achieve wellbeing and independence through opportunities that protect, empower, respect choice and preserve dignity, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

DHS provides direct services to more than 1 million Oregonians each year. These services provide a key safety net for those who are most vulnerable or who are at a difficult place in their life.

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1971: The Oregon Legislature created the Oregon Department of Human Resources, an agency providing a spectrum of human services to individuals, families and communities. Over the years parts of the agency were spun off, becoming the Oregon Department of Corrections, Oregon Employment Department, the Oregon Youth Authority, and the Oregon Department of Housing and Community Services.

2001: The Oregon Legislature reorganized the department and changed its name from the Oregon Department of Human Resources to the Oregon Department of Human Services.

2009: The Oregon Legislature transferred many of the health related functions to the newly created Oregon Health Authority. Today, the Department of Human Services key functions serve children and families, seniors and people with disabilities.

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