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Legislative Agenda

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2022 Legislative Agenda

These issues have been identified by Disability Rights Washington (DRW) Programs and their constituents for focus during the 2022 legislative session. This list is not exhaustive and may change as the session progresses. Issues are not listed in a particular order. Items listed under the Lead Agenda are initiatives DRW is leading or working with stakeholders to lead. Items listed under the Support Agenda are led by another entity, but DRW will provide support.

In addition to these items, DRW will oppose legislation that undermines the self-determination rights of constituents with disabilities, was created about people with disabilities without them, and criminalizes disability. This includes bills related to restrictions on community placement, expansion of guardianship or involuntary treatment, and creation of new institutions or carceral settings.

Lead Agenda

1. Ensure people with disabilities are represented in policy decision making

2. Restrict the use of solitary confinement in the state’s prisons

3. Privacy protections for people in Washington prisons

4. Fund Trueblood Programs

5. Reduce Washington’s reliance on involuntary inpatient behavioral health care by building up outpatient care, crisis response services, and housing and other supports

6. Maintain gains made last session which require police de-escalation and better define when police may use force.

7. Improve outcomes and system efficiencies in legal representation for patients deemed not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI)

8. Address unaffordability of health care costs for Medicare beneficiaries

9. Increase capacity in the intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) community’s efforts to create a more racially equitable service delivery system

Support Agenda

1. Increase accessibility of dispute resolution options for marginalized families accessing special education

2. Provide an additional year of transition programming for students during the pandemic

3. Eliminate the use of isolation in schools

4. Increase police accountability

5. Improve and increase non-police emergency behavioral health response

6. Expand opportunities for release from prison and decrease sentence lengths

7. Prevent inappropriate hospitalization of children and adults with developmental disabilities

8. Ensure the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is adequately funded by caseload forecasting all DDA services

9. Eliminate the prevailing wage exemption for people with disabilities

10. Support TVW’s budget request to improve accessibility of the legislature

11. Increase access to voting and democratic processes by addressing systemic barriers


For questions please contact: Darya Farivar, Public Policy Director, daryaf@dr-wa.org [11]

Updated: 12/16/21