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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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Second Annual Legislative Reception a Success
Members 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 meeting ever.
     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 meetings. 
      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

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 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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