News & Events

  • 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!

     

  • Supported Living Advocacy Day, Wednesday, February 15, 2017!

    Supported Living Advocacy Day is coming up in a few short weeks! Come to Olympia and meet with your legislators, it’s the most effective way for your voice to be heard.  Be there on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

    Details:

    10:30 am — 11:00am: 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.

    11:00 am — 12:00 pm: Information sharing, legislative issues & organizing at United Churches

    12:00 pm—1:00 pm: Rally at the Capitol Steps North side of the Legislative Building

    All Day: Meet with your Legislators

    Please bring your scarf and button from previous years’ rallies if you have them. There will be a limited amount of scarves and buttons available for those that 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 Livengood at livengood@alphasls.org or Randy Hauck at rhauck@community-living.org

  • Position Paper on Supported Living: A System in Crisis

    To view CRSA’s latest position paper on Supported Living: A System in Crisis, please click here. All figures are updated to be current with December 2016 information.

  • Sad Announcement, Janet Adams

    It is with deep sadness that we share with you the unexpected passing of Janet Adams, Quality Assurance Office Chief for the Developmental Disabilities Administration. Her funeral service will be Saturday, October 15, 2016, 1 pm, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at 1602 Ruddell Road in Lacey, WA. Janet leaves behind her husband, twelve adult children, one of whom has a developmental disability, and many grandchildren. We are grateful for her years of advocacy and support for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

  • 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.