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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.

Ruth June Durkan Longtime Advocate for People with Developmental Disabilities passes
Sun City Arizona, August 2nd 2016 --
For many years, Ruth was dedicated to improving the care and treatment of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her youngest daughter, Sharon, was born in 1962 with profound intellectual and developmental disabilities. In those days it was hard to find services for people with developmental disabilities. Sharon attended Merrywood School (now Kindering Center) and received therapies through the University of Washington Medical Center.
      Unfortunately, Sharon did not respond well to the therapies. She had behavioral challenges which made participating in programs very difficult. because of her high care needs, a failed placement in a community training program led Sharon to be admitted to Fircrest Residential Habilitation Center (RHC) in 1974.
      At Fircrest, Sharon got the help and care that she needed. The staff at Fircrest knew how to manage the multitude of Sharon’s complex needs; physical, medical and behavioral.
      In the late 1970’s Ruth became the parent volunteer in the behavioral modification program at Fircrest, a program developed to work with behaviorally challenged clients. Ruth assisted in the development of individual behavior programs that were developed to deal with behaviors without dependence on physical or chemical restraints, or drugs. Ruth also was very involved with Friends of Fircrest and served on their board of Directors for many years.
      Ruth was an advocate for a full spectrum of services for people with developmental disabilities. She realized that not every person with a disability needs the level of care that an RHC provides, but that RHCs need to be available for those who need them.
      In 1991, Ruth helped found Action for RHCs (now called Action DD). Action DD is an organization that advocates for a full spectrum of services for people with developmental disabilities, including those who live or receive services from RHCs.
      She was a charter member along with her husband Tom, Tom Dean, Jackie MacRae, Art Isherwood, Don Zalesky, Marv Schneller and Chuck Brenchley. Ruth was the initial President of Action for RHCs.
      Of people with developmental disabilities, Ruth always said “we can always do better, never settle for anything less.”
      Memorial contributions may be sent to: 2442 NW Market Street #559 Seattle, WA 98107

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.
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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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