If you suffered poor health due to a disability who would you seek the advice of a medical doctor or a social worker?
People are trained in specialties and it is prudent to seek advice from the experts in the field you may be concerned about. I think this is a generally accepted and logical plan but for some reason those advocating for the health and safety of our most vulnerable populations, do not consult professionals and experts in the health and medical fields.
We are allowing experts in social work, special education, political science and other non-healthcare related fields to make health and safety decisions. Is this logical? Is this safe? Do these non-healthcare professionals understand the holistic issues of caring for many of these people with profound developmental disabilities?
The Washington State Auditor’s Office recently paid BERK & Associates together with their subcontractor, Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) $489,500 for a Performance Audit of the Developmental Disabilities Administration. These companies made recommendations which drastically affect the health and safety of many of our citizens yet do not have the expertise or qualifications to make health and safety decisions.
Using non-experts for healthcare and safety decisions greatly puts our loved ones lives at risk.
Is this how you would make health and safety decisions for you or your family – by asking an expert in Art History or Urban Design? For some reason Washington State believes this is okay.