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.
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.