So far I have learned that the task farce is not interested in facts – they refuse to look at real data or question the same recycled and inaccurate data which has been used over and over again for years – the very same data which has escalated the care crisis for our citizens with developmental disabilities. Below are some of my observations:
- There is no concern for escalating costs for programs which are new and untested which will serve less than 6 clients a year.
- There is no awareness that the cost for high support needs clients in the community is much higher than the cost for a similar person in the Residential Habilitation Center (RHC). Yes, we all know that there are many which very high support needs who live successfully in the community – but their costs are also high. Lance Morehouse, Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator for King County Parent Coalition stated during one Task Farce meeting that his son lived at home for 17 years with the help of 19 hours a day of licensed nursing care without blinking an eye with regards to stating how he cares about all those without any services. Am I missing something here? How can one proudly state that they used that many service dollars (certainly much more than the daily cost for a client in the RHC) and then complain that the clients in the RHC (who gladly share services) are taking more than their fair share – doesn’t make sense to me.
- There is no awareness that sharing services saves money
- There is no awareness that people have a choice as to what the least restrictive environment for them is
- There is no adherence to Olmstead with regards to choice, least restrictive environment or cost to the state.
- It is not a concern that there is a huge lack of oversight in community residential settings
- Even though our state has space and capability to provide services on the RHC campuses for those in community settings, the fact that it may take some” work to figure out an accounting system” seems daunting – yet on the other hand DDD has worked on building a program from the ground up with many unseen problems with a seemingly limitless budget to service just a handful of clients. This program will be experimental. Is this a less costly and less labor intensive project than figuring out an accounting system?
- Senator Adam Kline pushed his bill through the legislature based on inaccurate data and prematurely closed off services to our youth – yet he states he cares? How can that be?
I realize that those in the driving seat will do whatever they want with little regard for facts or human lives at stake. I find these actions negligent and inhumane. Do they even care about the harm they are doing?
In order to change the name from DD Task Farce to DD Task Force, this group will have to look at accurate data. I wonder if that will happen?
As many of you know we are in the midst of our DD Service System Task Force (or should I say Farce?)