The 1980's



State supplements federal funding

Despite an initial veto by Governor Dixy Lee Ray the state finds $120,000 of funding for DRW to supplement their federally funded services.


People with mental illness in treatment facilities now served by DRW

DRW expands protection and advocacy services to include people within psychiatric treatment facilities or who have been in such facilities within 90 days.  The expansion in services is due to the enactment of the federal Protection and Advocacy for Mentally Ill Individuals Act.


Troubleshooters becomes Washington Protection and Advocacy System

The name “Troubleshooters” is retired and “Washington Protection and Advocacy System” becomes the name for the state’s independent protection and advocacy entity.  It would later be renamed Disability Rights Washington (DRW).