This proposal is thoroughly lacking in sound judgement.
1. To close this facility will cost our state millions of dollars – the data that these decisions have been made on have been missing many cost areas and are wholly inaccurate. Please take a look at the charts here residential Cost Charts for a much more realistic view of the actual costs. Bear in mind that even these costs do not take into account several critical areas of cost: Food, Medical and Habilitation.
2. Aside from the issue of cost – What about the PEOPLE? Are we not here to help care for others? Take a look at this essay which illustrates how we recently cared for one of our most vulnerable citizens Risks outweigh Benefits. Is this what we want to replicate with moving residents from their safe, stable homes at Rainier?
3. This IS NOT THE ANSWER – LEAVE OUR STATE OPERATED RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES ALONE – THEY ARE THE BACKBONE AND SAFETY NET OF CARE!