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Pierce and King Counties to Host Legislative Forums

2016 Disability Reception

Pierce and King Counties legislative forums are coming up. These are great opportunities for everyone to meet and hear from state elected officials.

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CDE Readiness Survey

DSHS is working to implement Consumer Directed Employers (CDEs) for Individual Providers (IPs) of in-home personal care and respite in Washington state. The CDEs are private companies who will handle the payroll, tracking training and background checks, and other employer responsibilities currently managed by DSHS. This change will happen in 2021. Clients will continue to select, schedule, supervise, and dismiss their IPs.

The CDE Project team is undertaking multiple activities to measure how ready IPs are for the switch to the CDEs. This survey is one way DSHS is using to gather information.

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Opportunity for Input on DDA Service Gap

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The November 18th meeting of the Joint Legislative Executive Committee (JLEC) on Planning for Aging and Disability Issues will include a discussion about the overwhelming number of DDA clients who are receiving no paid services. Interested persons are invited to share their story during the public comment period. Please RSVP to Representative Randall’s legislative assistant who will assist if you need a call-in option or any accommodations. Written comments will also be accepted.

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2019 Chance to Parent Conference

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“TASP: A Chance to Parent” Conference is coming  to Seattle October 28-29 at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront.  The theme is “Turning the Tide:  Improving Outcomes with Inclusive and Interdisciplinary Practices.”

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Disability organizations denounce efforts to exclude people with disabilities from their communities

A state legislator has requested a formal legal opinion from the Washington State Attorney General’s Office asking whether anti-discrimination laws would prevent the state from creating laws to prohibit people with mental health disabilities from living in their communities after receiving inpatient treatment.

In response, Disability Rights Washington and dozens of co-signing national and local organizations and legal partners submitted comments to the Attorney General’s Office.

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    The Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council is a Federal-State partnership working to plan for and with people with developmental disabilities and their families.

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