News & Events

  • Save the Date!

    The 2019 Community Summit

    June 11th – 13th

    The Summit will be held in Wenatchee, WA.

  • 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:

  • 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.



    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!

  • 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.


    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 or Randy Hauck at

  • 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.