Oregon Statutes - Chapter 353 - Oregon Health and Science University - Section 353.070 - Products of individuals with disabilities; rules; publication of product sources.

(1) As used in this section:

(a) “Direct labor” includes all work required for preparation, processing and packing, but not supervision, administration, inspection or shipping.

(b) “Individual with a disability” means an individual who, because of the nature of the individual’s disability, is not able to participate fully in competitive employment, and for whom specialized employment opportunities must be provided.

(c) “Qualified nonprofit agency for individuals with disabilities” means a nonprofit activity center or rehabilitation facility:

(A) Organized under the laws of the United States or of this state and operated in the interest of individuals with disabilities, and the net income of which does not inure in whole or in part to the benefit of any shareholder or other individual;

(B) That complies with any applicable occupational health and safety standards required by the laws of the United States or of this state; and

(C) That in the manufacture of products and in the provision of services during the fiscal year employs individuals with disabilities for not less than 75 percent of the work hours of direct labor required for the manufacture or provision of the products or services.

(2) The Oregon Health and Science University Board of Directors shall further the policy of this state to encourage and assist individuals with disabilities to achieve maximum personal independence through useful and productive gainful employment by ensuring an expanded and constant market for sheltered workshop and activity center products and services, thereby enhancing the dignity and capacity of individuals with disabilities for self-support and minimizing their dependence on welfare and need for costly institutionalization.

(3) It shall be the duty of Oregon Health and Science University to:

(a) Determine the price of all products manufactured and services offered for sale to the university by any qualified nonprofit agency for individuals with disabilities. The price shall recover for the workshops the cost of raw materials, labor, overhead, delivery costs and a margin held in reserve for inventory and equipment replacement;

(b) Revise such prices from time to time in accordance with changing cost factors;

(c) Make such rules regarding specifications, time of delivery and other relevant matters of procedure as shall be necessary; and

(d) Utilize prices and specifications, in its discretion, established by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services.

(4) The university shall establish and publish a list of sources or potential sources of products produced by any qualified nonprofit agency for individuals with disabilities and the services provided by any such agency that the university determines are suitable for its procurement. The university, in its discretion, may utilize any list established and published by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services.

(5) If the university intends to procure any product or service on the procurement list, the university shall procure such product or service at the price established by the university from a qualified nonprofit agency for individuals with disabilities, provided the product or service is of the appropriate specifications and is available at the location and within the period required by the university.

(6) It is the intent of the Legislative Assembly that there be close cooperation between the board, the university and qualified nonprofit agencies for individuals with disabilities. The university, on behalf of the board, is authorized to enter into such contractual agreements, cooperative working relationships or other arrangements as may be necessary for effective coordination and efficient realization of the objectives of this section. [1995 c.162 §16a; 1999 c.291 §5; 2007 c.70 §148]

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