If any one of you believes in advocacy and supporting a continuum of care for our family members – it is critical that people realize that The Arc chapters and the DDC do not advocate for our most vulnerable citizens. Their advocacy stops at the door of a residential center.
The Arc and DDC advocate for consolidation and closure of our facilities. These facilities are the safety net for our family members. They are the only place that provide comprehensive care, have oversight and quality assurance surveys that are up to date. None of the community residential homes have this, the oversight is lacking, the nurse delegation program is verging on illegal among other issues.
Our state is out of compliance with Federal guidelines regarding the HCBS waivers and is at risk of not being recertified – which means that funds will be lost.
Today is the last day in legislature and we have been fighting over SSB 5459 – a bill which closes Frances Haddon Morgan Center, stops admissions to Yakima Valley School, denies services to children in these facilities and leads to closure.
Many are against this but since The Arc and DDC advocate for only those who can advocate for themselves, our most vulnerable citizens need to have people advocate for them. We are continually censored and shunned by these agencies since we advocate for a continuum of care.
Please call or write your legislator today to VOTE NO on SSB 5459. The best action to take at this late date is to call Speaker Frank Chopp’s office at 360 786 7920 and ask him to kill SSB 5459. The law is against Federal Law and our state could lose many services from CMS if this passes.
For all of you who may work through Seattle Children’s Autism Center, I presented information to them last week. Dr. Chuck Cowan is in the process of writing a strong letter against this bill.
This bill, if it passes will have many ramifications to ALL people with disabilities. It will decrease services to everyone. The Arc and DDC do not talk about that point but for the sake of ALL please ask your legislators to vote NO.