Quality supports

Now through the end of 2016, consumer interviews about Personal Assistance Worker Skills are being conducted by University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Community Living Policy Center. If you are you a person with a disability or someone who gets help with certain tasks at home, such as...
The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) has a practice of saving money through changing the licensing of residential units within state run Residential Habilitation Centers (RHCs) for people with developmental disabilities. 
News
A proposed lawsuit settlement designed to overhaul community-based mental health services for youth who use Medicaid insurance in Washington has been preliminarily approved by a District Court Judge.
News
Smashed stopwatch.
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...
DRW updates
In 2011, legislation was passed that requires training for all non-professional or family guardians. Guardianships also now have expiration dates, to ensure timely and proper reporting.  In this Olympia Insider report, hosted by Sue Elliott of the Arc of Washington and Ed Holen of the Developmental...
News
This February, the Washington Supreme Court heard oral argument in Raven v. DSHS, which looks at the responsibilities of guardians when considering whether to move the person the guardian serves into an institutional setting.   This is issue is important to many of Disability Rights Washington’s (...
Related news
There has been much discussion in the media and within the disability world about Medicaid Personal Care.  In this informational video, Sue Elliott of the Arc of Washington and Ed Holen of the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council explain what personal care services funded by Medicaid...
Related news
Washington state was one of twelve recently awarded a four-year, $4 million grant to provide mental health and recovery support for kids with emotional disabilities.   The System of Care Expansion and Implementation Grant, managed by the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, is designed to...
FAQ
A rash of reassessments for kids' Medicaid personal care realizes, for many, care hour reductions. Answers to these frequently-asked-questions illustrate why reassessments are happening, what one can do if assessed hours don't meet care needs, and what DRW is doing to address base hour reductions.

Pages