News & Events

  • New Position Paper: Underfunding of Community Residential Services

    To view CRSA’s latest position paper on the state of underfunding for community residential services, go to the Legislative Advocacy tab of the website, or simple click here. Pass it on!

  • Mark your calendars — Community Forum in Olympia

    Community Disability Forum
    Tuesday, October 11 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

    Olympia Senior Center
    222 Columbia Street Northwest
    Olympia, WA 98501

    Candidates who continue on after the primary election will be invited from the following Legislative Districts:

    Dist. 2 (Pierce and Thurston Counties)
    Dist. 19 (Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Pacific, and Wahkiakum Counties)
    Dist. 20 (Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, and Thurston Counties)
    Dist. 22 (Thurston County)
    Dist. 24 (Clallam, Grays Harbor, and Jefferson Counties)
    Dist. 35 (Kitsap, Mason, and Thurston Counties)

  • CRSA’s Response to DRW’s Lawsuit

    Continued underfunding of Community Residential Services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities has left supported living providers with funding that does not allow for adequate wages for our direct care staff, leading to a staffing crisis throughout Washington.  The Community Residential Services Association (CRSA) applauds the Disability Rights Washington’s lawsuit highlighting the plight of people with developmental disabilities who want to live in our communities.

    Over the past four years, turnover has dramatically increased by 57% as funding has not been allocated to address the wage and staffing issues.  As such, turnover in essential Direct Support Professional positions has now increased to over 50%!  Consistent long-term staffing is essential to serving people with complex support needs.

    Due to the low wages that result in significant difficulties with recruiting staff to challenging work, 10.8% of all Direct Support positions are open at any given time.  The plaintiffs in this case all experienced barriers to access to community residential services because of this staffing crisis.  And these plaintiffs are not alone.  The inability to fully staff homes has resulted in many supported living agencies not accepting new clients and persistent vacancies in current homes.

    The Supported living is a system in crisis.  Funding for staff wages has been ignored for years and must be increased dramatically to stabilize this system and meet the needs of people with developmental disabilities currently being served, as well as those wishing to move out of costly institutional settings or from their family’s homes.

  • King 5 Institutions Series follow up

    Please click here to read a follow up story on the King 5 “Last of the Institutions” series, describing changes that have come to pass since the series started airing.

  • Last of the Institutions

    Last night on King 5 news, another installment of the series, Last of the Institutions, aired — this one tells the story of Shawn Fanning, who successfully moved from Fircrest RHC to a neighborhood in Whatcom County. Watch it — it’s great! Click here to watch.

  • New installments of “Last of the Institutions”

    Part 8 of the series can be watched here.   This one talks about Minnesota’s successful process of de-institutionalization, and touches on what would need to be done here in Washington to make the same happen.

     

    Missed part 7? Watch it here. This episode discusses the latest round of audits completed at our state’s Residential Habilitation Centers, the findings from those audits, and what it means for the standard of care in Washington’s institutions.

  • Rally Highlights

    Thanks to everyone who was able to join us for the Supported Living Rally Day in Olympia on January 29th. More than 600 consumers of service, staff, advocates, friends, and family joined the rally on the capitol steps to make our voices heard. ARC of Washington shared a great video podcast and recap of the event, with well-known supporters Sue Elliot and Ed Holen as well as a quick interview with Tana Senn, Democrat from the 41st District, who took the time to speak at the rally. Watch below!

  • Unsure of who your legislators are?

    Are you going to join us for the Supported Living Rally on Wednesday, January 27th? Great!

    Have you made an appointment to talk to your legislators yet? Not sure how to?

    Follow this simple link — it will take you to the website for the Washington state legislature. There, you’ll use a simple tool that asks you to enter your street address — and you’ll get a direct link to your legislative and congressional districts, and will be able to click to email your legislators!  Experience has shown, though, that if you want to set up a time to talk to them, it’s much more effective to CALL their office than it is to email — so go for it today. There’s still time to make an appointment for the 27th!

  • Supported Living Rally 2016

    Are you ready to RALLY?

    Come to the Supported Living Advocacy Day & Rally!
    When: Wednesday, January 27, 2016
    What/Where: Rally at the Capitol Steps – Exact Time TBD, at the North side of the Legislative Building

    After the Rally, meet with your Legislators – ALL Day

    This year’s legislative session started Monday January 11, 2016 – so start calling and making appointments for Rally day!

  • Supported Living Rally: Rides from Eastern WA

    Need a ride to the Supported Living Rally on January 27th? There are spots for up to 106 total individuals to catch a ride from either Ellensburg, Yakima, or Spokane, for travel to Olympia, WA to make our voices heard!

    For more information and itinerary, go to our page titled “Need a Ride?”

    If you are interested in catching the bus to the Rally from Kennewick or Ellensburg, please contact Tami LaDoux at tamil@tcrs1978.com.

    If you are interested in catching the bus in Sunnyside or Yakima, please contact Randy Hauck at rhauck@community-living.org.