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KOMO 4 airs report on the death a man with profound autism
November 3, 2015
The 26-year-old man with autism had the mental abilities of a young child. Yet the legal system turned him out onto the streets alone and four days later he drowned.  The KOMO Investigators examined the system that failed to protect Jessy.  Read the KOMO story and watch a video here

King 5 airs first installment of its developmental disabilities report
November 4, 2015
On Monday November 2nd at 11:00 p.m., King 5 broadcast their first report on developmental disabilities in Washington State. The broadcast slammed RHCs with pictures showing how Institutions once were.  KING 5 called people institutionalized and used an interview with an official from Minnesota to point out that "Washington is stuck in a time warp."
     King 5’s Susannah Frame says, “..the advocacy of parents and guardians of residents still living in institutions and the unions representing state workers are determined to keep the last of the institutions open in Washington. They say this is where residents with the highest needs can be served in the best way - despite the science showing otherwise.”

See KING 5's report here

The Arc of Washington State has summarized the state DDA budget
July 3, 2015
Our friends at the Arc have provided us with a summary of how people with developmental disabilities made out in the 2015-17 budget.  Regardless of some sad face comments Action DD should like the report even better than the Arc does.
      What's puzzling is why Arc doesn't like respite care in an RHC when many of their members are practically begging for it?
See the Arc summary here.    
    The good news is more respite is provided both in community settings and at Yakima Valley School as follows:
-- $3.9 million to develop short-term community-based respite services across the state for both adults and children.
-- $400,000 for additional emergent respite services at Yakima Valley School.
     Additionally, 82 full time staff will be added to ensure compliance with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requirements following their unfavorable inspection of Lakeland Village RHC.

Action DD makes changes at Yakima Valley Meeting
June 22, 2015, By Paul Strand
Saturday's meeting saw decisions result in just one general membership meeting a year and one legislative reception in Olympia in February. Also expect more frequent board meetings. 
      With the increased use of email, Facebook and other social media, more can be done with fewer meetings and the day long drives that many members have to endure.  It was announced that our 501 (c)(4) application is ready to submit to the IRS.

From Our President

It's important to know the facts

Fact 1.
Only 4% of people with a developmental disability  who require state services live in a large facility called an RHC*.
Fact 2. People who need RHC care cost just as much when served in the community, but the community provides fewer services.
Fact 3. Closing RHCs and moving residents causes depression, injury and death. This is called transfer trauma. It is now happening nation-wide. 
Fact 4.  Washington State is being impelled by community based advocacy groups and even the federal government to close RHCs.
Fact 5. The Supreme Court Olmstead Decision states: "The ADA is not reasonably read to impel States to phase out institutions, placing patients in need of close care at risk."
Fact 6. People want the services of RHCs. For people in need of close care the RHC is the best possible treatment and residential option.
Fact 7. People with high care needs are often isolated in apartments not free to be part of a community.  Many are being deprived of the needed care of an RHC.
Fact 8. RHCs may not look like what you've been told.  Click on gold seal to see for yourself.

* What's an RHC?
 It's what Washington State calls an institution for people with developmental disabilities who are in need of close personal care.

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Statement 1 Part of continuum
Statement 1 Efficient services
Statement 1 Respite care 
Statement 1 Safety net
Statement 1 Prevent mortality

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