The Arc wants to eliminate respite care

There is so much that does not make sense but one of the top things with advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is that The Arc of Washington is against a bill which will continue to provide much needed respite care for people in our communities.

This graph illustrates the number of community clients who receive care at our state’s Residential Habilitation Centers (RHCs).  SB 5243 aims to maintain Yakima Valley School for residents and respite clients.  The Arc of Washington opposes this bill.  Yakima Valley School serves an average of 32 community clients per month for respite  – without this resource our community members will have much less access to the already minimal respite care available.

Community Respite in RHCs

The Arc of Washington supported the closure of Frances Haddon Morgan Center (FHMC) in 2011.  Frances Haddon Morgan Center had a well respected and much used respite program.  Since the closure of FHMC in 2011, it is clear that the need for respite in other RHCs increased.

Please support SB 5243 and help reverse some of the damage done by the bill in 2011 which caused at least one death and led many other people into crisis.   Advocates should be looking at care, protection, choice and progress – not the opposite.  In my experience, The Arc of Washington is not acting as an advocate.


Data Retrieved from Developmental Disabilities Administration

Executive Management Information System

June 2010 – June 2014


The count for respite clients for each month is the unduplicated count of clients who accessed respite for the month. 

 2015 Developmental Disabilities Bills of Interest – published by The Arc of Washington State

3 comments on “The Arc wants to eliminate respite care

  1. 4choice2015 says:

    Thanks for sharing this information. The unmet critical need for quality respite is and has always been an issue all advocates have known about and without question can agree upon. Not supporting the potential to make this service available is ignoring and turning our backs on the hundreds of individuals and their families already thrown into crisis when the RHC respite was eliminated through closure and not replaced. In addition to those families we have hundreds more requesting and some pleading for years to be able to utilize that respite service. I know because I’m one of those families who has always been told NO, as recently as a few months ago and as far back as ten years ago. Unfortunately I’m not alone. I’ve worked years in the field of developmental disabilities advocating for individuals and their families and have heard the heartbreaking stories of hundreds of families who are told there are not any respite options or programs to access. Having a child or adult child with a developmental disability can be very challenging when you have no options. Being turned away and in many cases abruptly terminated from the specialized programs, camps, and respite programs happens all the time.


  2. Cheyl and Paul this is absolute CRAP… Both of you need to stop spreading lies about community service providers.You obvisoly know that the arc is supportive of respite JUST NOT AT AN RHC.


    • John – thank you for your comments. I’m not sure about your reference to Paul has to do with this post –
      there is no Paul associated with this information

      The data speaks for itself and yes, I am fully aware the Arc does not support the RHCs or the people who chose the RHCS as their support source.


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