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Publications

2019 Patient Rights at Washington State Hospitals

DRW's Treatment Facilities program has updated its publication, "Patient Rights at Western State Hospital and Eastern State Hospital." This booklet provides information about the rights of both civil patients and forensic patients who are at the adult psychiatric hospitals run by the State of Washington: Western State Hospital and Eastern State Hospital.

Advocacy Strategies

Advocacy Strategies – Building a Community Plan is a booklet filled with tools for strengthening advocacy efforts. With worksheets and

Making My Own Decisions

Develop your decision making ability.

Six Self Advocacy Steps for Meetings

Tips for how to get the most out of meetings.

Special Education Resources

A list of organizations providing information, dispute resolution, legal and other services to people with disabilities who use public special education services.

We Choose Independence!

An explanation of the importance of Personal Assistance Services (PAS) to independent living.

Writing Your Mental Health Advance Directive

Writing Your Mental Health Advance Directive is a downloadable booklet with practical, easy to read information and resources.

External Links

Northwest Justice Project, CLEAR Hotline

CLEAR is the statewide intake line for free and low-cost civil legal aid in Washington. Individuals with low incomes and legal issues may receive legal resources, information, and referrals to legal services providers in their geographic area. In King County, individuals may access these services by calling 2-1-1. Otherwise, individuals may reach CLEAR by calling 1 (888) 201-1014 or use the online intake form on the website. Seniors (people age 60 and over) can access intake by calling CLEAR*Sr at 1 (888) 387-7111. Veterans may dial 1 (855) 657-8387.

Washington LawHelp

Washington LawHelp is the online legal information source maintained by Northwest Justice Project, Washington’s legal aid program for low income persons.

The 411 on Disability Disclosure

The National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability provides a workbook titled, “The 411 on Disability Disclosure,” designed for youth with disabilities and adults working with them to learn about disability disclosure. This workbook is aimed at helping young people make informed decisions about whether or not to disclose their disability and understand how that decision may impact their education, employment, and social lives. Based on the premise that disclosure is a very personal decision, the workbook helps young people think about and practice disclosing their disability.

Washington State Attorney General

The Washington State Attorney General’s website provides information on car purchasing, car repair, car lemon laws, charities, collections and repossessions, credit and identity theft. A consumer complaint is also available online.

The Olmstead Decision Explained

In 1999, the case of Olmstead v. Lois Curtis and Elaine Wilson was brought before the Supreme Court. In the Olmstead decision, the court concluded that people with disabilities have a right to receive state-funded supports in the community, rather than in facilities, affirming the argument that had been made by advocates for decades.