News & Events

  • 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.

  • 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