Legislators and the Governor felt the need to respond to recent tragic events, such as the shooting of four police officers in Lakewood and the Skagit County killings. Last fall, an Eastern State Hospital patient escaped for a short time from an outing, provoking a media frenzy. The result: issues of public safety and treatment of people with mental illness became closely linked in the minds of some legislators.
Guest columnist Craig Sicilia cites useful strategies uncovered by traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivors. According to Sicilia, the right networks and support groups save lives.
For Washingtonians on home and community-based service waivers through the Division of Developmental Disabilities, DRW and CLS will be conducting a review of supported living services as part of its Boyle monitoring efforts. DRW is also developing other employment related projects outside of the Boyle lawsuit, including an examination of the broader scope of employment services beyond those provided through the state's waiver system.
Jeanne Dise-Lewis, associate professor at the University of Colorado's School of Medicine, brings nationally-renowned BrainSTARS to Yakima this summer. BrainSTARS is a technical assistance program for educators of students with acquired brain injuries. Dise-Lewis will present at the North Central Educational Service District's 2010 Combined Summer Institute. Registration is open. School districts can use special education stimulus dollars, and parent scholarships are available.
National public radio recently unveiled its investigative report on veterans with brain injuries, unable to access needed services. To read or listen to the NPR series and the Army's response, click on the stories below:
Court finds the state violated its constitutional obligation to fund the education of Washington students, and says the state must find a way to fund its schools. Legislators have asked Governor Gregoire not to appeal the decision, saying our children deserve no less. With the looming budget deficit and slow recession recovery, education advocates wonder what will happen next.
DRW, CLS work with Division of Developmental Disabilities to resolve concerns.
Over the last few years, Disability Rights Washington (DRW) and Columbia Legal Services (CLS) have monitored implementation of the Boyle v. Dreyfus order and settlement agreement.
Last week US House of Representative members passed HR 4247, Keeping All Students Safe, to end abusive restraint and seclusion practices in American special education programs. The legislation came on the heels of the National Disability Rights Network report, “School is Not Supposed to Hurt” which shed light on instances of serious injury and even death from improper restraint and seclusion policies and practices. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane co-sponsored the legislation.
The Governor’s Office proposal to scoop of $2 million from the TBI (traumatic brain injury) account, established pursuant to the Tommy Manning Act (RCW 74.31), would jeopardize work done to bridge the gap of those with brain injuries in need of critical services.