In order to understand your vision for people with developmental disabilities in our state, we invite you to fill out the enclosed survey as a way to give constituents some insight into your position on, and possible solutions for, some of their most important issues.
We will share your responses on our web site (www.arcwa.org/takeaction) with our statewide network of advocates who will be interested in your views as they consider who would best represent them in this year’s elections.
The Arc does not endorse any candidates, but is committed to educating individuals, families and other community members about the issues that affect their lives to help enable them to make informed decisions.
As of November 2017- 83,000 people estimated in Washington State have a developmental disability 45,032 clients enrolled with the WA State Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) 32,472 of those clients received at least one paid service from DDA 12,560 of those clients received no paid services from DDA due to lack of funding
The primary demand for services focuses on:
Family services and information, including respite to prevent out-of-home placements; Employment support to help individuals find and keep jobs and contribute to our economy; Community residential services for individuals who need supervision and supports; and Other Medicaid-funded services such as health care, therapies, dental, vision, etc.
The vast majority of individuals live in local communities with their families, many with very significant disabilities. A 2013 report by our State Auditor reported that the largest number of people with “high” acuity levels (as designated by their DDA assessment) live with their families.
Large congregate care institutions (Residential Habilitation Centers or RHCs) were once the recommended placement for people with developmental disabilities. They are now an outdated, costly way ($800 a day per person) to support individuals with significant disabilities. Our state still operates four of its six original institutions, even though the number of residents has declined from over 4,000 to fewer than 600.