Please Listen to Us!

I am attaching some very interesting documents.  What I would love to know is if the Department of Social and Health Services and The Department of Developmental Disabilities are listening to the people they are serving.

To me, from looking at the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) DDD Assessment Report dated January 31, 2009, it clearly outlines the numbers of people and the programs and services requested.

JLARC Final Report 013109 DDD assessment

This is what I find very interesting and confusing:

Program Requests:

ICF/MR – 20

Roads to Community Living – 1

Service Requests:

RHC or ICF/DD services – 40

Roads to Community Living – 1

Looking at what was requested by the people, it is clear that the people are requesting the ICF/DD services much more than the Roads to Community Living Services.  Why then, is the Department downsizing the ICF/DD’s and putting thousands of dollars into the RCL program?  Why is the State of Washington spending over $250,000 on a “Family Mentoring Project” for the Roads to Community Living when it is clear that the people involved are not even asking for this? Is this being a responsible steward of our public funds? Is this being cost effective?

It is time to listen to those who really receive the services and programs – not those who masquarade as their advocates.  The people have clearly spoken and they are asking for the services in the ICF/DD’s.

Please Listen to Them!

Number of Programs which DDD Clients Access:

Number of progrmas which DDD clients access

Other DSHS Services Received by DDD Clients:

Services Received by DD Clients in FY 2008

One comment on “Please Listen to Us!

  1. http://thearcofkingcounty.wordpress.com/2011/06/

    Interesting that according to the author of the above article – there is a huge unmet need. Part of the reason is that the money is going into programs which the people are not asking for. The money is going to vendors for programs that are not desired or to vendors to boost their business – not to the people.

    Also, The Arc of King County is giving false information regarding the number of clients in the “no paid service” section of DDD. According to the latest data, the JLARC report in this posting, there are 1,307 clients not 13,000 as Sylvia Fuerstenburg states. Also, this group is not necessarily without services – there are many reasons why a person would be in the “no paid service” category.

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