Founded in 1986, CPAO represents and assists private residential and vocational providers who serve people with developmental or mental and emotional disabilities in Oregon. Networking, education, and advocacy enable CPAO members to strengthen their program to better serve individuals they support in our community.

Our Mission

Enriching the lives of people with disabilities.

Our Vision

The people we serve have the resources to reach their dreams.

Our Values

Celebrating DiversitySeeking the vision, experience and possibilities of all people in order to make us whole.

PartnershipsPromoting interdependent relationships that are honest, respectful, and open to equally influence lives.

Absolute IntegrityProviding trust, safety, and accountability. Doing the right thing.

Open LeadershipSharing information, supporting each other and shaping the future.



CPAO, an association of residential and vocational service providers for people with disabilities, employs an experienced lobbyist who represents the interests of providers with the legislature as well as with state and local agencies. Members are kept current with what’s happening in Salem and are provided opportunities for effective and timely interaction with legislators. As an influential and respected voice in Oregon, CPAO has successfully sponsored legislation that allows a fair and equitable process for providers to address issues with government entities without fear of reprisal. Always an on-going priority is the critical issues of fair and adequate funding.

Track bills in the legislature that could affect provider organizations and services to supported individuals through billtrackor.com This is a free complementary service to all CPAO members.

Make contact with key legislatures debating bills important to you:  Oregon Legislature 2013 Session Committees


Group interaction and dialogue create mutual support and give rise to the greatest learning. Members, all providers of services to people with disabilities, readily mentor other members and share the advantages of their knowledge and experience. CPAO members bring insight and information from their involvement in regional, state, and national programs to the association. CPAO offers numerous opportunities to exchange ideas, innovations, and strategies. Members utilize CPAO as a sounding board to handle challenges or to work out their own ideas or plans.


CPAO supports the National Advocacy Campaign, which addresses Medicaid funding and workforce issues. Objectives of the campaign include obtaining wage and benefit enhancements, creating need for a national policy to address workforce shortages, demonstrating the critical role direct support professionals make in enhancing the lives of Americans with disabilities, securing incentive for solidifying a career path for direct support professionals, and building the level of public awareness of the depth of private provider services.



ANCOR (American Network of Community Options and Resources)
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
AAIDD (American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities)
NADD ( An Association for persons with Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health needs)
Oregon DD Council (Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities)
ARC of Oregon (Advocates for citizens with cognitive and intellectual disabilities)
State of Oregon (Developmental Disabilities Services Office/Addiction and Mental Health Services)
Disabilities Rights Oregon (Advocacy and Legal Services)

Board Members


Brian Varley
Executive Director
503.370.7973 ext 304


Carrie Howell
503-624-0205 ext. 8006


Holly Pharms


Jonathan Johnson
Human Resources Director
Community Access Services


Nina Watkins



Loralei LaVoie
503-474-1213 ext. 2


Center Enterprises
Community Access Service II, Inc.
Community Support Services, Inc.
Danville Services of Oregon, LLC
Dungarvin Oregon, LLC
Exceed Enterprises
Goodwill Industries, Salem
Home Life, Inc.
Mid Valley Rehabilitation

Mt. Angel Developmental Programs
NW Mental Health Management Services
Oregon Mennonite Residential Services (OMRS)
Parents for Alternate Support Solutions (PASS)
RENEW Consulting
SERP Enterprises
Spruce Villa, Inc.
Star Corporation
Sunny Oaks, Inc.


Provider Membership – is open to any corporation, partnership or other duly recognized entity licensed
or certified by the State of Oregon to operate a community based facility or program for Oregon citizens with

Professional Membership – is open to any individual that is licensed, registered or certified in the State
of Oregon.

Associate Membership – is open to any corporation, partnership or other duly recongized entity that
does not meet the definition of Provider.

Individual Membership – is open to anyone.

Membership is initiated upon application to the Membership Committee. The Membership Committee will
determine whether or not to recommend membership to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors determines
whether to pass the application on to the full membership for final approval.


Membership is granted, upon application, when the applicant agrees to abide by the laws of the association.

Membership dues are based on the gross revenue from the State of Oregon for contracted services. The dues for the year are payable in full each January. New member dues are pro-rated starting the month they join.

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