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the day we become silent
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Action DD is a
Action DD Summer meeting scheduled
This is our annual elections meeting. All offices are open for election
and reelection. Since our president, Paul Strand, is retiring it
essential that a new president be elected.
WHEN: Saturday, June 4, 2016
WHERE: Yakima Valley School
TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Lunch will be provided . For details click here
Action DD Sends Response to KING 5
Dear Ms. Frame,
There is a broad spectrum of need among people with developmental disabilities. Most live at home or with others in a house or apartment. A few, about 4%, require closer care in one of our RHCs; what you call “The Last of the Institutions.”
They are not as they often are portrayed. They are not fenced in, there are no large dormitories or big buildings to live in, and no one is isolated. There are doctors, nurses, therapists and caregivers on duty at all times. Best of all, it costs no more to provide campus based service than it does for community provided services. DSHS has agreed with this, where close care is needed. Even the United States Supreme Court agrees (Olmstead Decision, 1999)
Several years ago we replaced the so called institutions with community homes. You interviewed some of these residents, who are happy to be on their own. But for those with need of more intensive care, we built homes with individual bedrooms, kitchens and other amenities, much like a house on any American street. These amenities are difficult-if not impossible - to duplicate elsewhere.
Instead of degrading the RHCs we should be thankful that we have them. Not all states are so fortunate.
Friends of Fircrest and Friends of
Rainier Release Important New Video
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.
Advocate for People with Disabilities, Bob Gee Passes We lost a great friend
with Bob's passing Thursday, March 31. In both his
personal and professional life he stood for what is best and
right. Bob spent years lobbying for people with
developmental disabilities. He was a member of Friends of
Rainier, and certainly a friend to all of us. Bob was 76 years
(View obituary here)) There will be a private service for Bob at 1:30, Saturday, April 9, 2016, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Tacoma, WA.
In lieu of flowers, family asks that donations be made to the
Fred Hutch/Memorial l or
Lakewood Community Foundation Fund (Rotary).
Second Annual Legislative Reception a
of Action DD welcomed more than 30 legislators or their aides
during a midday reception on capitol campus, Tuesday,
February 2nd. Our new video, "Protecting our Most Vulnerable."
was viewed and well received.
The meeting was packed. Recent negative
television reporting of our RHCs as well as neglect in
private care settings enlivened members and drew new people
to join our cause for the best attended Action DD membership
Action DD lobbyist Rick Jensen emphasized our need to
support Senate Bill 5243, which would restore respite care
to Yakima Valley School, and the governor's budget which
contains money for respite.
A nominating committee was formed to find new
officers for our June 2016 election in Yakima. President,
Paul Strand is retiring leaving the leadership open for
election. All positions are open for election each
year. Please consider running for office.
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
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
Worried about a new Supreme Court justice?
What difference does it make who is appointed to the Supreme Court, when their decisions are being ignored by government departments and the private agencies that they support?
For example, the Supreme Court Olmsted Decision (1999) directed us how to treat people with disabilities. In it, Justices Ginsburg, O’Connor, Souter, and Breyer, concluded that the State’s responsibility, once it provides community-based treatment to qualified persons with disabilities, is not boundless. In their decision they stated, “The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) is not reasonably read to impel States to phase out institutions, placing patients in need of close care at risk. Nor is it the ADA’s mission to drive States to move institutionalized patients into an inappropriate setting...For others, no placement outside the institution may ever be appropriate.”
The liberal Court gave us the Olmsted, yet supposedly liberal organizations like the Arc acted in direct disagreement. Their mantra to close all institutions offers no good alternative except privately run community homes where people are often isolated or ignored, where non-profit directors often make six figure salaries. In their support, The Department of Justice goes from state to state intimidating governors to close the institutions that The Olmsted Decision said may be necessary. The ADA ignores Olmsted and promotes the closing of all institutions, instead of asking that improvements be made to institutions that serve those who need the closest care
Unfortunately, we still have agencies that purposely misinterpret decisions to satisfy their own ends. While we concern ourselves with what a new justice might do, we should also concern ourselves with how agencies follow Court decisions.
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
Fact 4. Washington State
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
* 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
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