April 3, 2020On April 2, DRW, the ACLU, WDA, and WACDL sent a letter to the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), requesting that DSHS immediately undertake efforts to reduce the patient population at both WSH and ESH.
March 24, 2020DRW, the Northwest Justice Project, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington sent a letter requesting the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Governor address the sudden loss of essential education services for students with disabilities.
Disability discrimination complaint filed over COVID-19 treatment rationing plan in Washington StateMarch 23, 2020As COVID-19 cases increase, the experience in other countries and predictions of U.S. health officials is that there will not be enough acute care services or equipment, such as ventilators, to meet the demand of patients with the virus who require intensive treatment.
March 20, 2020This guide provides information about the rights of patients who are at the adult psychiatric hospitals (Western State Hospital (WSH) and Eastern State Hospital (ESH)) run by the State of Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) following a finding of “not guilty by reason of insanity” (NGRI). These individuals have been charged with a crime, but due to their mental illness are acquitted of their charges.
March 10, 2020In September of 2019, stakeholders and service providers from around Washington came together to discuss the diversion of people with mental illness from the criminal legal system. These diversion service providers are funded through A.B. v. D.S.H.S. (Trueblood), a class action lawsuit that enforces a person’s constitutional right to timely competency evaluation and restoration services in a criminal case.
March 6, 2020Disability Rights Washington has filed a motion for summary judgment in the Murinko v. Strange lawsuit against the Department of Social and Health Services and Health Care Authority. The motion asks the Court to order the State to stop allowing long service gaps that leave DRW’s constituents at risk of harm or unnecessary institutionalization.
December 3, 2019Rooted in Rights has partnered with Mental Voices Africa to promote international advocacy for those of us with mental health disabilities. This workshop trained these advocates to script, film, and edit their own self-advocacy stories on mobile phones.
November 21, 2019This fall, Rooted in Rights received three awards in recognition for our groundbreaking storytelling on transportation and access. See what these community organizations are saying about our work!
November 5, 2019This summer, DRW’s AVID Program and Trans in Prison Justice Project were proud to be selected as the host for the 2019 QLAW Sher Kung Summer Fellowship. We welcomed Tommy Statkiewicz to the team and he got to work right away on a big project – providing legal representation for 9 transgender clients to be able to access legal name changes while incarcerated.
October 2, 2019Last weekend, AVID Program attorney Rachael Seevers traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to accept a 2019 Paul H. Chapman Award from the Foundation for Improvement of Justice.
September 10, 2019“The public charge rule implies that people with disabilities, citizens and noncitizens, are unwelcome in the United States. Under the Final Rule, immigrants with disabilities will be assigned a heavily weighted negative factor, causing irreparable harm to the community of citizens and noncitizens with disabilities,” said Mark Stroh.
State and national organizations denounce efforts to exclude people with disabilities from WA communitiesSeptember 6, 2019A state legislator has requested a formal legal opinion from the Washington State Attorney General’s Office asking whether anti-discrimination laws would prevent state lawmakers from creating methods for local governments to prohibit people with mental health disabilities from living in their communities after receiving inpatient treatment.
August 30, 2019In their motion, Mr. Murinko and DRW argue that DDA’s failure to ensure he can access the services he had been getting and still needs is violating his rights under the Medicaid Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Read more at the link.