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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 State, 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 here.

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 ...More

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 Senate Bill 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 education."
      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?
  1. 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.

  2. Invite your legislators to come to the Action DD Winter legislative reception in Olympia February 3rd.

  3. Leave messages for your legislators on the Hot Line (800) 562-6000.

  4. Email your representatives and senators.

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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*. (They need them)
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's now happening nation-wide. 
Fact 4.  Washington State wants to close RHCs. They are encouraged by community based advocacy groups and even the federal government.
Fact 5. People want the services of RHCs. For people in need of close care the RHC is the best possible treatment and residential option.
Fact 6. People with high care needs are often isolated in apartments not free to be part of a community.  Many are being deprived the needed care of an RHC.
Fact 7. RHCs may not look like what you've been told.  Click on gold seal to see.

* 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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