After watching the House Health and Human Services Appropriations and Oversight Committee Work Session from December 1, 2011, I really saw that the mental health folks are much more aware of the cross systems issues and the problem with “silos” that the DD folks seem to be unaware of. DDD really needs to look again at the services that their clients receive and share accurate data. The data they share is so full of inaccuracies that those who use DDD and DSHS data as their facts (The Arc Chapters) are only hurting the very people who they are advocating for.
This is clear by the crisis that we have dug ourselves into. There was NO cost savings from closing Frances Haddon Morgan Center as many were led to believe. Now instead of using that “savings” for more in the community setting, those who are in the “community” settings are going to lose even more – This treatment is inhumane and is done by the very agency that is set up to protect our most vulnerable.
I wish that members of the The Arc chapters would look at some of the data that I have been able to gather and realize that what DDD is giving them is misinformation. Rather than censoring me or accusing me of abuse because I have questioned the DDD and DSHS reports, it would benefit all of us if someone would actually look at this data and realize that what I have is critical information.
The fact that my questions to the authors of some of these reports and the administrators in DSHS and DDD are not answered should be a big clue that there is information there that they do not want to acknowledge – I would assume because it would show that they are not being truthful in their approaches to policy. If they were , I believe they would gladly answer my questions or at least tell me that I’m wrong. I’ve not heard that I’m wrong either.
If anyone would like that data, I’m more than willing to share. The more who are aware of this and who understand it, the better for ALL people, with and without developmental disabilities.
I will be posting another letter with some very specific questions that DDD and DSHS need to answer.