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-- Martin Luther King
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state that does not receive government money. Therefore, we are
free to represent the best interests of people with
developmental disabilities. We do so by lobbying for
the care of the most needy.
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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
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
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
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
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
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.
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