News & Events

  • 2019 Rally Schedule

    Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

    Supported Living Advocacy Day

    10:00am-10:30am   Assemble at United Churches

    110 11th Ave SE, Olympia, WA. 98501

    *Please do not park in the church’s parking lot. You may drop off and then park in a nearby public lot or on the street. Buses will be provided from across the state.

    10:30am-11:30am

    Information Sharing

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

    11:30am-12:00pm

    March to the Capitol Steps

    12:00pm-1:00pm

    Rally at the Capitol Steps

    North side of the Legislative Building

    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 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 or rhauck@community-living.org

  • 2019 Supported Living Advocacy Day & Rally

    Join us Wednesday February 20, 2019 from 9:00am to 5:00pm in Olympia Washington at the steps of the Capital Building.

     We are encouraging people to participate in the upcoming CRSA Legislative Rally to show legislators that it is our turn to get attention for our funding needs, and we need as many people as possible to attend, (DSP’s, Clients, Family Member’s, etc). 

    Bus info:

    Buses Departing:

    Tri-Cities: 5:30am

    Sunnyside: 5:30am with a stop in Yakima

    Bellingham: TBD

  • 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: 

     

    https://ofm.wa.gov/budget/state-budgets/gov-inslees-proposed-2019-21-budgets/agency-recommendation-summaries/300/040#GSL

  • Save the Date!

    The 2019 Community Summit

    June 11th – 13th

    The Summit will be held in Wenatchee, WA.

    http://www.communitysummit.ws

  • Town Hall meetings statewide!

    DSHS Secretary Cheryl Strange is hosting Town Hall Meetings for Washington service providers. Vendors, partners and stakeholders are being invited; she is looking for feedback from providers on what DSHS is doing well, what DSHS can do better, and what is important to our partners as we work together to transform lives.

    Specific locations will be posted in the near future.

    All events begin at 1 p.m.

    1. July 18 – Yelm
    1. July 19 – Seattle
    1. July 25 – Bellingham
    1. July 26 – Everett
    1. August 1 – Vancouver
    1. August 8 – Montesano
    1. August 9 – Port Angeles
    1. August 15 – Kennewick
    1. August 16 – Yakima
    1. August 29 – Wenatchee
    1. August 21 – Spokane

    Please share your comments: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/2018TownHallMeetings

  • Great news about the legislative budget!!

    The legislature finally released the negotiated operating budget for the biennium starting tomorrow and it is great news!  We will be receiving the largest benchmark increases in a biennium in 27 years!!!

     

    Ø Benchmark increase of $1.25 per hour starting July 1, 2017

    Ø Benchmark increase of an additional $1.00 per hour starting July 1, 2018

    o   GF-S $39.555M, Total Cost $79.109M

     

    Again, let that sink in…..the largest increase in 27 years!!!  For those who want to see the DDA budget, this section of the budget is attached.  For those who want to see the entire budget, the link is below.

     

    http://leap.leg.wa.gov/leap/Budget/Detail/2017/hoAgyDetail_0630.pdf

     

    This is truly a great accomplishment and one that we should all celebrate.  Thank you to all the providers, families and other advocates who met with legislators, sent emails, made phone calls, attended the rally or through other means made sure our voices were heard in Olympia.  As we make our way through the budget in more detail, we will send out additional information about bills that impact our services, as well as other line items in the budget.  The legislature will vote on this today and then the final step will be the Governor signing.  For now, this is incredible news!

  • 2018 Community Summit Registration now open!

    Time to register and reserve those rooms for the 2018 Community Summit — this year’s theme is Click Forward: Refresh, Connect, Evolve! For information on the Summit, go to their website.

    For information on stipends and scholarships, please click on this link to be redirected to the information page. See you in Wenatchee!

  • There’s still time to make legislator appointments! Here’s how:

    Did you know we are halfway through the legislative session right now? There is still plenty of time to make appointments with your legislators and let them know about your concerns and the importance of funding services for Supported Living! It’s often easiest to go through your legislator’s aide to get an appointment. Please go to this link to find contact information and get those appointments made! http://app.leg.wa.gov/rosters/Members

  • Supported Living Rally Day 2017 Video

    Please watch this fabulous video produced by our partner agency, Skils’kin. Share this video, and use it freely when speaking with your legislators and representatives. Remember, talking to lawmakers and representatives is the only way to help fix our staffing crisis!

     

     

  • New information — Community Summit 2018

    Click here for the most updated information about the 2018 Community Summit. Registration is open!