Action DD summer meeting
set for June 29th at the Yakima Valley School
May 1, 2013
Olympia – Action DD will recap last year's events and
look to the coming year. Annual elections will be
Click here for details.
New Assistant Secretary for Developmental Disabilities Administration.
May 1, 2013
Olympia – Secretary Kevin Quigley announced today
that he has appointed Evelyn Perez to serve as Assistant Secretary for
the Developmental Disabilities Administration.
Evelyn has served as Regional Administrator for the Developmental Disabilities Administration
in DSHS Region 1 based in Spokane for more than five years. She has worked in the field of
developmental disabilities since 1984 and for the Division of Developmental Disabilities
since 1986. She once worked at Lakeland Village in Medical
Only two of the bills
Action DD is watching made it to the Governor's desk
April 29, 2013
Olympia — Of the 16 bills Action
DD is following, only 2 cleared the legislature:
Substitute Senate Bill 5630 implementing recommendations
of the adult family home quality assurance panel, and Senate Bill 5692
concerning standby guardians and limited guardians.
Both await the governor's signature.
All of the DD task force bills failed as well as those put
forward by Action DD. Some of
these bills may be picked back up in the 2014 legislature.
Continuum of care services were left as is with the
Yakima Valley School still on track for closure. Much
needed services for people on Washington's 15 thousand
person waiting list will have to continue waiting.
A special session begins May 13 to approve a state budget.
Some program increases are expected for the Basic Plus home and community-based waivers,
as well as for the Individual and Family Support Program.
A list of the bills are on the
Bills Page of this website.
Bill preserving New
Jersey's state institutions for disabled passes Assembly
April 29, 2013
By Susan K. Livio/The Star-Ledger
State institutions for people with developmental disabilities would be
preserved in four regions of the state under a bill the state Assembly approved today.
Attempt fails to revive
bill to downsize, close developmentally disabled center
March 21, 2013
HELENA Montana — The state Senate has
rejected an attempt to revive legislation to downsize or
even close a state-run center for the developmentally
Senate Bill 254 dealing with the Montana
Developmental Center had been tabled in
but Democratic Sen. Mary Caferro of Helena attempted to
bypass the committee and move it to the Senate floor. The
Senate rejected it Thursday 26-23.
Bill supporters say center staffers have shown a
"pattern of abuse" underlined in 2010 when a staffer pleaded
guilty to sexually assaulting a center resident. They say
the center is a remnant of a time past and its residents
should be integrated into community centers.
Opponents of the bill say the center serves
people with serious behavior problems. They question the
capability of smaller facilities to adequately serve them.
DSHS: With more need in
Valley, local staff larger than other areas
April 28, 2013
By Mike Faulk Yakima Herald-Republic
Yakima – The
Department of Social and Health Services is one of the
largest employers in Yakima County and by far the biggest
state employer in the area with 919 employees.
The Aging and Disability Services
Administration includes the Yakima Valley School, a residential nursing
facility for people with developmental disabilities that has been
operating in Selah since 1958.
Pilot Shoreline police program seeks to
head off troubling encounters with mentally ill
April 20, 2013
By Jennifer Sullivan
The King County Sheriff’s Office, which patrols Shoreline, has launched a
new program in the city designed to connect deputies with the mentally
ill and developmentally disabled in an attempt to avoid confrontations