YOU CAN BE A HERO
Preserving the residential and health care services of
our most needy is a high calling that you can answer with your
501(c)(4) status pending
Action DD is the only
disabilities advocacy licensed in Washington
state that does not receive government money. Therefore, we are
free to represent the best interests of people with
developmental disabilities. We do so by lobbying for
the care of the most needy.
Action DD leaders and volunteers receive no compensation.
Your donation will continue this work.
Federal law would allow
SSI recipients to have more than $2,000 in savings, but
State must approve
March 8, 2015
In December, Congress passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act.
This allows individuals with disabilities who receive SSI and other government benefits to save beyond the $2,000 resource
limit, now in place, without risking loss of benefits.
To make these accounts available in Washington
House Bill 2063 must be passed.
Because of confusion between ABLE and the DD Endowment Trust, the Washington
State DD Council has prepared a simple fact sheet showing a
side-by-side comparison between the two programs. You
may view it
Action DD Legislative
reception and meeting a success
February 3, 2015
Thirty plus members of Action DD and others met Tuesday for a day long
legislative reception and meeting on Capital Campus.
We were given a very nice room in the Prichard Library.
The keynote address was given by Senator Maralyn
Chase (D) 32 district. She explained the
Action DD testifies to keep Yakima Valley School Open
February 2, 2015
John Mahaney, Paul Strand, Rick Jensen, and
Julianne Moore testified today in support of
5243. Two years ago the legislature voted to close YVS by attrition.
Since then, services have been reduced and much needed
respite care is dwindling. SB 5243 would stop closure
and restore YVS to its vital mission.
Testifiers sat through a long morning of bills before SB 5243 was
heard. Even then only one minute was given to each who
testified. The exception was Senator Jim Honeyford (R)
15th district, the bill's sponsor. He was given
adequate time to explain the purpose of the bill and his
strong feelings for the continued need for Yakima Valley
School. Opponents to the bill had little to say.
Action DD bills are active
in both houses of the legislature
January 19, 2015
Action DD's Public Affairs Representative, Rick Jensen came on strong in Olympia with
three bills to benefit people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Two years
ago, a misinformed legislature ordered Yakima Valley School
(YVS) to close by attrition,
even though the recommendation of the joint legislative task force had been to keep
our RHC system in place.
"Senate Bill 5243
would allow YVS to continue its important
mission of treatment, personal care and respite care. A companion bill,
HB 1366, is
active in the house. These bills can right a grievous wrong." explained Jensen.
Explaining the third bill,
HB 1367, Jensen said, "Medical professionals with the expertise
to treat people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are in desperately short supply. HB 1367, is Action DD's medical training bill that would help pay for the needed, specialized
Jensen put together an impressive list of sponsors for all three bills.
Now it's up to rest of us to push these bills through.
Legislators must hear from their
constituents that these bills are important. So what can you do to help?
The single most important thing you can do is
make appointments with your legislators and tell them you
want these bills to pass and why. they listen to those who
vote for them.
legislators to come to the Action DD Winter
reception in Olympia February 3rd.
Leave messages for your legislators on
the Hot Line (800) 562-6000.