Key Considerations for Upcoming Special Session

 

The Developmental Disabilities Council asks the Washington State Legislature to consider the following key points in their upcoming special session:

  1. People with disabilities and their families were already in crisis before COVID-19 decimated our economy. We’ve consistently ranked in the bottom quartile (41st as of 2017) in funding for community based services, and we’ve had a consistent waiting list of over 10,000 people who qualify for services but who cannot receive them, for over 20 years. Succinctly, our community, which is already more likely to live in poverty, cannot withstand the drastic cuts being proposed to our already tattered services.
  2. We recommend a prioritization of funding to Home and Community Based Services, as outlined in this letter.
  3. Our State uses a more narrow definition of developmental disability than does the federal government, thereby disqualifying many people from eligibility. The small fraction of eligible (according to the State’s definition) people with developmental disabilities who DO receive services (approximately 35,000 out of 113,000), are managed by case managers who have the highest case ratios in the country (see attached).
  4. Please click here to listen to stories of people with disabilities and their families talk about the consequences of slashing budgets. Additionally, please read Austin Jenkins’ recent article discussing the fact that caregivers are exposing people with disabilities to COVID-19 because they have to work multiple jobs in order to make ends meet. This means more cross contamination to people in isolation, and people in isolation not receiving no benefit to being in isolation.


2020

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