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Section 504 Proposed Rule Public Comments

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a proposed rule to advance equity and bolster protections for people with disabilities.  The proposed rule, Discrimination on the Basis of Disability in Health and Human Service Programs or Activities, updates, clarifies, and strengthens the implementing regulation for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), the statute that prohibits discrimination against otherwise qualified individuals on the basis of disability in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance or are conducted by a Federal agency.

The proposed rule seeks public comment on a variety of issues to better understand individuals’ experiences with health care and human services discrimination on the basis of disability and recipients’ experiences in complying with federal civil rights laws.  The comment period closes on November 13, 2023. OCR will consider those comments as it drafts a final rule to implement Section 504.

For more information, and to submit a comment, visit:

OHA Seeking Public Feedback on Civil Commitment OAR Changes

Oregon Health Authority has begun a series of pre-Rule Advisory Committee (RAC) community engagement & listening sessions to solicit feedback on changes to the Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR). The sessions occur on Wednesdays from 8:30-9:30am and Thursdays from 3:30-4:30pm. The first session was on 10/4. Each session is designed to be the same content presented each week, but you are welcome to come to both.

The sessions are first and foremost a space for community members not on staff at OHA to provide comment, feedback, and ideas that will help inform their final rule change document for this second round of civil commitment OAR revisions. These sessions will go through the third week of December.

A schedule of the sessions with links to the virtual meetings is available on the OHA Civil Commitments webpage under updates:

Seeking New Executive Board Members!

If you’ve ever thought that an OSB leadership position would be a nice addition to your resume, or you’d just like to be more involved with the bar and your disability law colleagues, now is your chance! The OSB Disability Law Section Executive Board is currently seeking new members. The time commitment is small (we meet online for one hour every other month), and the opportunity to make a difference is BIG.

 About the Section: The OSB Disability Law Section supports bar members who are interested in disability law. This section seeks to keep members updated and educated on developments in disability law, offers an annual CLE, and provides opportunities for collaboration and professional development on topics and issues related to disability law.

If you are interested in joining our board or would like more information, please email our Chair Debra Maryanov at [email protected].

Zoom Event: Settlements for Individuals on SSI: What Should They Look Like?

Join the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) via Zoom to discuss: Settlements for Individuals on SSI: What Should They Look Like?

Description: This will be an open discussion/Community of Practice to share information learned regarding the impact cash settlements have on individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income.  We hope that individuals who have obtained successful settlements can help staff understand the best way to structure the settlements.  Can funds be directly deposited into such things as ABLE accounts, thereby minimizing the any resource limits?  We hope new and experienced staff will join this dialog/discussion.

Date: 5/11/23

Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET


Linda Landry, Disability Law Center, MA

Cheryl Bates-Harris, NDRN

Registration Link:

2023 Executive Committee Announcement

The Disability Law Section is pleased to announce our 2023 Executive Committee members and meeting schedule.

2023 Executive Committee

Chair – Debra Maryanov

Vice Chair – Rebecca Babarsky

Treasurer – Emily Fox

Secretary – Emily Cooper

Members at Large – Tiffany Blackmon, Terisa Page

Meeting Schedule

The Executive Committee Meetings will be held virtually from 12:15 – 1:15pm on the second Wednesday of every other month, beginning on February 8, 2023. Meetings are open to the public, and time is reserved during the meeting for input/questions. To join the meeting, please email a current executive committee member or the Bar for the Zoom link.

OMLA 2022 Social & Fundraising Auction!

Oregon Minority Lawyers Association’s 2022 Social & Fundraising Auction!

Save the date for the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association’s 2022 Social & Fundraising Auction! OMLA is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that supports Oregon’s minority legal community. This event raises funds to provide scholarships to minority law school graduates dedicated to serving the people of Oregon.

Date: Thursday, December 1, 2022
Time: 5:30 pm-7:30pm
Place: Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
1211 SW 5th Ave #1900
Portland, OR 97204

For more information and to register, visit

988 – Mental Health Crisis Alternative to 911 is Live

“People experiencing a mental health crisis have a new way to reach out for help in the U.S. Starting [July 16th, 2022], they can simply call or text the numbers 9-8-8.

Modeled after 911, the new three-digit 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is designed to be a memorable and quick number that connects people who are suicidal or in any other mental health crisis to a trained mental health professional.”

For further information: