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Action DD to Hold Annual Legislative Reception

Meet your legislator All members and interested parties are invited.  Action DD Winter Meeting and Legislative Reception
WHEN: Tuesday February 7, 2017.
WHERE: Washington room, Pritchard building
TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Lunch will be provided. More details here.

Yakima Valley School bill Reintroduced
This is the bill that would stop the scheduled closure of the Yakima Valley RHC.  Senator Jim Honeyford (R) 15th district, East Yakima County, re-introduced the YVS bill that passed the Senate last year with a strong vote.  It states in part, "The Yakima Valley School shall operate as a residential habilitation center..." 
     The bill is now known as SB 5646, co-sponsors are; Senators King, Chase, and Kieser. Read full bill here.

Philip and Sophie Scheier Longtime Advocates and Members of Friends of Fircrest and Action DD Pass within weeks of each other.
     Federal Way Washington, February 5th 2017 --
Philip R. Scheier died Sunday February 5, 2017 at age 101. Born in Morristown, NJ, he flew 65 missions as a bomber crewman in World War II, served as a newspaper editor in suburban Boston and as editor of the Jewish Transcript in Seattle.
      He is remembered for his love of family and of Israel, his service to the intellectually disabled, and his great love of life. He is survived by a son, Robert Scheier (Mary-Lou), and a daughter Mary Stevenson (Jim); four grandchildren, Josh Stevenson (Sharon), Judah Stevenson (Sarah); Jon Stevenson, and Julia Scheier (Emily) as well as three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Sophie, and a son, Lawrence.
      Graveside services will be 2:30pm February 9 at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Bellevue.
     Federal Way Washington, January 9th 2017 --
Sophie Scheier,  (Bernstein) Lovingly Remembered Beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away at age 93 on Jan. 9, 2017, in Des Moines, WA. Sophie, who was born in Chelsea, Mass., on Sept. 16, 1923, was a graduate of Chelsea High School and Burdett Secretarial College. Her career included working for the War Department in World War II, chief secretary in the Physics Department at Brandeis University in Waltham, and administrative assistant at the Seattle Housing Authority. She and her husband Phil lived in Waltham until moving to the Seattle area in 1975. Sophie is survived by her husband of 68 years, Philip R. Scheier of Federal Way, WA; children Mary (Jim) of Tumwater, WA; Bob (Mary- Lou) of Swampscott, MA; grandchildren Josh (Sharon) of Kent, WA; Judah (Sarah) of West Seattle; Jon (Bronwyn) of Tumwater; Julia (Emily) of New Hampshire; great-grandchildren Fiona and Molly of Kent, and Leo of West Seattle; her sister, Pearl, of Framingham, MA, and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son Lawrence, by her brother Mike, and by her sisters Selma and Helen. Sophie asked that donations be made to the Homeless 2 Renter program at Temple Beth Am, Seattle, 2632 NE 80th St SE, Seattle WA 98115.

This video explains why we need our RHCs

Some would have you believe that RHCs are not needed.
This five-minute video is a must watch for anyone who wants
to understand why Washington State supports RHC care.
   Click this picture to learn more.

It's important to know the facts about our RHCs
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?

Washington State's Residential Habilitation Centers (RHC) provide intensified and therapeutic services for people in the most need of close personal care.  RHCs are a part of the continuum of care for people with developmental disabilities.

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