News & Events

  • 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

  • Community Summit 2019

    Registration is now open for the 2019 Community Summit- Enriching Lives!http://www.communitysummit.ws

  • Supported Living Advocacy Day- Take 2!

    With the snow and weather conditions last month, the Supported Living Advocacy Day and Rally was canceled.  Though we will not be holding a rally this year, we have agreed to combine our efforts with the Budget Advocacy Day on March 20th.  We will have some speakers on our budget issue and then will encourage attendees to meet with their legislators in the afternoon or drop off materials at their legislators’ offices.  The CRSA Meeting will be the day before (Tuesday the 19th) in Olympia, so we hope that people are scheduling to meet with their legislators on either the 19th or 20th of March. 

    • Community Residential and Budget Advocacy Day – Wednesday, March 20th in Olympia at 10 am – The United Churches – 110 11th Ave SE, Olympia, 98501 (across the street from the Capitol)

    We are currently trying to book a bus or two to Olympia for Advocacy Day, so if you and your staff will be attending, please let us know.  The budgets will not be released until after the 20th, so there is still plenty of time to make your voice heard on this important issue. 

    Scott Livengood & Randy Hauck

    CRSA Legislative Chairs

  • Rally Cancellation

    Due to the inclement weather and the demands that snow has placed on all major roads and passes (as well as how hard all providers have been working to keep staffed during this weather!!), we have made the unfortunate decision to cancel the Supported Living Rally on February 20th. We don’t want to put folks at risk with extended travel — particularly folks who are coming across the passes – with an uncertain weather forecast. 

  • DSP Crisis

    There is a Direct Support Professional Crisis in Washington State.

    The crisis affects many lives, please visit the website to see how you can help and share you story. https://dspcrisis.org/

  • Last Call!

    We are trying to finalize details on bus travel to Olympia for the Supportive Living rally.  Our Westside bus is now full, but we are seeking Eastern WA riders traveling up I-82 from the Tricites, through Sunnyside, Yakima, or Ellensburg.  If you need seats, please contact us by Thursday Feb 7th t get you on the list.

    For pick ups in the Tricites contact Tami LaDoux for pick ups in Sunnyside, Yakima, Ellensburg contact Randy.

    Thank you,

    Randy Hauck, Executive Director

    Community Living

    125 North 50th Ave

    Yakima, WA 98908

    509-966-1998 (office)

    509-966-2980 (fax)

  • Let’s go to the Supported Living Rally!

    CRSA has one bus coming down from Bellingham, the bus will start in Bellingham and then will work it’s way down to Olympia. We have another leaving from the Tricities and one other Leaving from Sunnyside, both of these will work their way Ellensburg on their way to Olympia. We want to show up in a big way, so please help fill the buses! We need to fill as many seats as possible and each bus holds 56 people. So far we have: Bellingham Bus –

    For seats contact Randy Hauck rhauck@community-living.org

    15 seats for Cascade

    10 Seats for Village Community Sunnyside Bus –

    For seats contact Randy Hauck rhauck@community-living.org

    Tricities Bus – For seats contact Tami LaDoux tamil@tcrs1978.com

    Please email Tami for reservations on the Tricites bus or Randy with the Sunnyside or Bellingham bus as soon as possible so we can finish coordinating these buses.