Report fuels media, policy stir

Andrea Kadlec
Director of Community Relations

The release of the DRW report, Too Little Too Late, stirred media and social network outlets, prompting a formal state response during Gov. Gregoire’s December budget press conference. 

The November report highlighted state failure to respond to the abuse and neglect of individuals with intellectual disabilities who live in state-funded supported living. 

One of the report recommendations calls for more state investigators to ameliorate backlogged, uninvestigated complaints.  During the Governor’s press conference, the question was posed as to whether or not the state would indeed fund more investigators to respond to abuse allegations in group homes.  

The state confirmed the proposed budget included additional investigators, and that a workgroup had been formed to address the other issues raised in the report.  

Related Links 

Video of abuse question posed during Gregoire’s budget press conference 

Video of Gov. Gregoire’s response to abuse question 

Seattle Times:  State ignoring abuse at group homes 

Seattle Times Editorial:  DSHS must investigate alleged abuse at group homes for the disabled 

Q-13 Fox  news story:  Attorney says DSHS isn't investigating disabled adult abuse complaints 

Seattle Times Letter to the Editor from the Arc of Wa and the Wa DDC 

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