News & Events

  • Community Summit 2021

    Registration is now open for the 2021 Virtual community Summit

    https://web.cvent.com/event/511d8886-53f1-4be2-b160-0b09a2e4ee81/summary

  • Community Summit 2020

    Registration is open for The 2020 Community Summit- Make your Mark! Click the following link to register: http://www.communitysummit.ws

    Are you a CRSA member? Please click the following link for scholarship information: http://www.crsa-wa.com/news-and-events/crsa-stipends/

  • 2020 Supported Advocacy Day!

    Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

    10:00 am – 10:30 am                Assemble at United Churches 110 11th Ave SE, Olympia WA 98501 *Please do not park in the church’s parking lot.  You may drop people off and then park in a nearby public lot or on the street.  Buses will be provided from across the state. 

    10:30 am – 11:30 am                 Information Sharing

    Legislative priorities and information will be shared by CRSA, DDC, Arc of Washington & other advocacy groups. 

    All Day –                                          Meet with your Legislators

    Please come to Olympia and meet with our legislators as it is the most effective way for your voice to be heard.  Please bring your scarf and button from previous years’ rallies if you have them.  There will be a limited number of scarves and buttons available for those who don’t have them. 

    Please be prepared for inclement weather and bring your own water and snacks. 

    If you have any questions, you may contact Scott at livengood@alphasls.org or Randy at rhauck@community-living.org.

    Thank you! 

  • Save the Date!!

    January 29th is Legislative Day at The State Capital! This is a great opportunity to meet with your legislators!

  • November Meeting

    Please note the November meeting will be November 19th not the 12th.

  • Make you reservations!

    Make your reservations for the annual meeting at Sun Mountain Lodge on or before August 16th. There are 22 rooms available in the CRSA block.

    On August 17th the rooms will be made available to the public. If you happen to wait and book after the 17th, mention CRSA and you will still get the discount if rooms are available.

  • Annual Meeting

    The annual meeting will be held September 16th and 17th at The Sun Mountain Lodge in Wintrop, WA

  • Budget Update

    CRSA Members,

    The House and Senate finished negotiations and finally released the conference budget this afternoon.  While we were hoping for the House version of the Supported Living budget, the final version landed somewhere between versions put forward by the House and Senate (only getting us to minimum wage).  Here are the details:

    • Vendor Rate Increase for Supported Living, Group Homes, Group Training Homes and LSR settings $62.2M GF-S, $123.2M Total
      • Increase the rate for DDA Community Residential Service Providers by 13.5% effective January 2020
    • Nursing Rate Increase for Supported Living etc.
      • Increase rates for nursing services by 10% effective January 2020
    • Supported Living Investigators  
      • Funding is provided for Community Residential Service Providers to cover the annual certification renewal fee of $847-$859 per client.  See HB 1421/SB5359.  The cost plus 2% will be included in the daily rates. 

    While this is not entirely what we were hoping for, it is a 13.5% increase next year when minimum wage will increase by 12.5% on January 1st.  In addition, with the move to the tiered rates, this rate increase will be applied to all parts of our rates, including administrative rates and transportation rates, which have not been increased for 15 years.  In addition, the 10% increase to nursing services rates is the first rate increase in, at least, 15 years.  We are still getting information on some of the details, but this 10% might be on top of the 13.5% increase, if it is applied to the nursing rates (once we confirm, we will let everyone know).

    This should be the final budget covering the upcoming 2019-21 biennium, pending the vote tomorrow.   Thanks to everyone who helped to advocate for these essential rate increases! 

    Scott Livengood & Randy Hauck

    CRSA Legislative Co-Chairs 

  • King 5 Reports on “Stuck in the Hospital”

    One of the consequences of agencies struggling with turnover due to low wages while more and more individuals with challenging behaviors are being referred for services, is that some providers are being forced to give notice to clients to discontinue services.  Add to this the lack of crisis beds and you have a situation that was highlighted in Disability Rights Washington’s “Stuck in the Hospital” report.  Susannah Frame, investigative reporter from King 5 News, highlights this problem, which spans many care settings, including nursing homes, home care and supported living.  Blame is not placed on providers, but rather she points out at the end the difficulty hiring direct care staff “because the pay is so low.  The legislature sets the rates and right now the state average is $12.24 an hour.  That’s hard work for that kind of money.”  She thought the legislature would go into special session, and was hoping legislators would hear this during session.  Hopefully this gets some circulation so that legislators still hear the message!!

      

    https://www.king5.com/video/news/local/king-5-investigation-patients-stuck-in-the-hospital/281-36143600-57e4-4824-9990-2135e56a62c7

  • 2019 DSP Award Recipients

    Congratulations to CRSA members Ancor DSP award recipients!

    Sue Smith from Valley Residential Services – Walla Walla, WA. received a Special Category Award for Supporting Person-Centered Plans.

    Cindy Ply from Bethesda Lutheran Communities – Renton, WA. received The Washington State Direct Support Professional of the Year!

    To see all award winners go to: www.anchor.org