Once again, The ARC – Washington State has issued an Action Alert to advocates with inaccurate and unfounded information. Is this another attempt to rile up advocates for those who have intellectual or developmental disabilities to go against one another rather than working together for the good of the whole? It is a wonderful lie, but it’s a lie. That is not wonderful – it’s deceptive and harmful.
Please see this link for accurate information from both the Office of Financial Management and Memo from DDA Asst Secretary Perez re 2014 Proposed Supp Budget. It is clear from both these documents that The ARC-Washington State is misleading our citizens. I have written to both Sue Elliott, Executive Director and Diana Stadden, Policy and Advocacy Coordinator to indicate the source of their information for the extremely misleading Action Alert. They have not been able to produce any evidence to support their claim.
Below is the text of The ARC – Washington State Action Alert
Comparing the misleading information above which was sent out in a media blitz on December 19, 2013, the real information is below:
In light of these facts, Governor Inslee is proposing modest adjustments to the 2013 Supplemental Budget. There is a very slight .7% overall increase in the DDA budget to meet these changes, which include:
- An expansion of eligibility to Medicaid to individuals between the ages of 19 and 64, with income below 138% of the federal poverty level;
- Funding for full time staff to perform preadmission screening, resident review, and specialized services (when needed) to Nursing Home clients in the Residential Habilitation Centers.
- Reimbursement for developmental and autism screening will be added to the Medicaid plan to assure that children with developmental delays are identified as soon as possible.
- Hiring of additional Residential and Community Services investigators of supported living providers in order to improve the timeliness of investigations, which will be funded through a certification fee.
- The Vulnerable Adults Incident Tracking system (TIVA) which will be funded through the Roads to Community Living grant.
- Development of the Community First Choice option Medicaid waiver which would result in the state receiving an additional 6% federal match for services provided to individuals with developmental disabilities and the elderly. The savings could be re-invested in additional client services.
- Capital Budget—Funding added to the Capital budget to make infrastructure repairs at Lakeland Village and Fircrest School.
It certainly appears to me that there is support from our Governor to ALL people with intellectual and developmental disabilities – from the young children to the elderly, from those at home to those in supported communities.
Please, encourage The ARC chapters to support a continuum of care, support ALL people with ID/DD and do not pit advocates against each other by spreading false information. In order to improve the situation, we need to work TOGETHER!
Please do write, call, email, fax Governor Inslee to indicate your support for working together for the benefit of ALL
Call the Governor’s office at (360) 902-4111
Send an email to the Governor at https://fortress.wa.gov/es/governor/
Post a response on Governor Inslee’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WaStateGov
(You must have a Facebook account. Be sure to tag your legislators.)
Send a tweet (text message of 140 characters or less) to Governor Inslee’s Twitter at https://twitter.com/govinslee