Governor’s Budget proposal

The governor’s budget proposal highlight’s;

Community residential rate increase: Increase the rate paid to community residential providers by 10 percent effective Jan. 1, 2020, and an additional 10 percent effective Jan. 1, 2021. Community residential providers deliver valuable in-home care services to keep citizens living in community settings. ($59.4 million GF-S; $58.2 million GF-F)

Children’s state-operated living alternatives: Add two new children’s SOLA homes on the west side of the state to serve children age 20 and younger. These children who are no longer eligible for residential habilitation center admission are not able to successfully transition to out-of-home residential placement because suitable community options do not exist. These SOLA homes will house three children each in King and Pierce counties. ($2.5 million GF-S; $2.3 million GF-F)

 Residential habilitation center compliance: Hire 183.9 staff to meet requirements from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on continuous, aggressive active treatment in all intermediate care facilities, which are components of the residential habilitation centers, for individuals with intellectual disabilities. This includes residential habilitation center nursing facility capacity and additional SOLA capacity to transition some current clients with intellectual disabilities to more appropriate levels of services and supports. ($20.1 million GF-S; $20.1 million GF-F)

 Group training homes: Add 14 new group training home beds. These are community-based, residential facilities serving two or more adults that provide 24-hour instruction and support services in an integrated setting that supports personal power, choice and full access to the greater community. This item is part of the governor’s statewide behavioral health reform package. ($2.6 million GF-S)

 Following is a link to the DDA section of the proposed budget: