State scrambles as disabilities company plans Oregon exit

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — State officials say an Oregon company is closing its group homes and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities after years of state and federal scrutiny for abuse and neglect. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports advocates and a top state official said Mentor Oregon’s departure will be the largest of its kind in memory, and will likely challenge Oregon’s already-strained disability services system. The closure means 1,300 people will need of new service providers by Aug. 31. It’s unclear if other case management companies in Oregon have the capacity to take on Mentor’s workload. Spokeswoman Teresa Prego said Mentor Oregon will work tirelessly to help people in their care transition and have access to support.