A bill has been passed to the Senate Floor to vote on closure of Fircrest School – one of our states Residential Habilitation Centers (RHCs). The RHC houses two critical communities of care – a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) and an Intermediate Care Facility (ICF).
It is a fact that there does need to be some capital improvement to the facilities to provide a safe environment for the residents and this is why we support the Fircrest Master Plan
The campus has been neglected in the capital budgets for years and this is one reason why there is a large dollar sign to this project. When buildings are neglected, they deteriorate and become unsafe for residents. This is the situation we face now.
This does not mean that the land should be sold and the residents forced from their homes and community. It does provide opportunity to change and to make needed improvements and to re-access the needs.
These are the opportunities that we support:
Fircrest Master Plan Alternative A-2
Federally Qualified Healthcare Center with oversight provided by the Department of Health for Fircrest residents and adult residents in the state who live with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Collaboration with the University of Washington, Center on Human Development and Disabilities to provide specialized and comprehensive healthcare to community members. This collaboration would also provide training for students in the healthcare professions.
Opportunities for improvement are not an option if 2SSB 5594 passes. This bill seeks to close Fircrest and deny current and future residents access to the necessary supports.
We need to defeat 2SSB 5594 to protect out most vulnerable citizens. Tell your Senator to Vote NO on 2SSB 5594.