Improving conditions, treatment, services, and reentry for inmates with disabilities

AVID focuses on improving the conditions, treatment, services, and reentry for people with disabilities who are incarcerated in our state’s jails and prisons, as well as those who reside at the Special Commitment Center. AVID works to ensure that those who are reentering the community have their voices heard and their rights protected.

Program Updates

1-940 Update

March 21, 2018In just two days’ time, state representatives pushed I-940 (also known as “De-Escalate Washington”) and House Bill 3003 through the House with a bipartisan 73-25 vote and through the Senate in a 25-24 vote, split down party lines. Together, I-940 and the agreed upon policy in ESHB 3003 strengthen and clarify the measure so that implementation goes more smoothly and the legal standards for the “good faith” standard are more clear.

Please join us: Washington State Mental Health Reform Taskforce Meetings

March 2, 2018This series of stakeholder meetings, initiated by a new agreement in the A.B. v. D.S.H.S. (Trueblood) case, are being held around the state to solicit input from stakeholders like you on what should be under consideration to make lasting change.

Helen Gebreamlak joins AVID Program

November 30, 2017We are looking forward to Helen’s contributions to AVID’s advocacy of behalf of people with disabilities incarcerated in prisons and jails around the state.

Urgent: U.S. District Court seeks diversion service providers

November 16, 2017The Trueblood U.S. District Court is seeking existing, experienced and appropriately credentialed providers who can provide diversion services.
More program updates