King County Parent Coalition for Developmental Disabilities – Please Respond

Dear King County Parent Coalition Members,

Please read the attached letter and respond.  I have some questions regarding what you are advocating for regarding the closure of Rainier School.

November 28 letter to KC Parent Coalition

I would like to point out that this is not about RHC versus not RHC – it’s about people with DD.  When advocates are going to talk about closing a facility and state there are savings (which there are not) and also say these supposed savings will help with other DD programs, we end up with more of a the same crisis that we are currently in – where the folks who are out in the community lose their services.

The Arc (and others – including the DDC and some DDD administrators)  needs to come to grips with the fact that closing and/or consolidation of the RHCs (whether or not they agree with them or support them ideologically) is NOT a cost-savings measure.  To use this as an argument to encourage others to agree with in hopes of preserving services is a great disservice to ALL people.

So, whether one might ever use the RHC services or not, the RHC issue affects all of us.  This is a critical issue that is falsely represented in order to push an ideology that can not be sustained safely or financially.

Thank you,

Cheryl Felak

Shutter Rainier School?

This proposal is thoroughly lacking in sound judgement.

1.  To close this facility will cost our state millions of dollars – the data that these decisions have been made on have been missing many cost areas and are wholly inaccurate.  Please take a look at the charts here residential Cost Charts for a much more realistic view of the actual costs.   Bear in mind that even these costs do not take into account several critical areas of cost:  Food, Medical and Habilitation.

2.  Aside from the issue of cost – What about the PEOPLE?  Are we not here to help care for others?  Take a look at this essay which illustrates how we recently cared for one of our most vulnerable citizens  Risks outweigh Benefits.  Is this what we want to replicate with moving residents from their safe, stable homes at Rainier?

3.  This IS NOT THE ANSWER – LEAVE OUR STATE OPERATED RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES ALONE – THEY ARE THE BACKBONE AND SAFETY NET OF CARE!