News & Events

  • Karen’s Client Requires Stability & Structure

    Karen loves her job and her clients, but low wages and high staff turnover make life for her and her client challenging.



  • Meagan Loves Her Job In Supported Living

    Meagan loves her job in supported living and has a bond with her clients that she does not want to lose.






    Come join us in Olympia for the supported living rally.  This is the second annual advocacy day exclusively for people served, and direct support staff who work, in supported living. This event is for everyone – clients, families, guardians, staff, advocates, friends…. if you have any connection to supported living you need to come join this event.

    The details:

    9am-11am Gather at the United Churches 110 11th Ave SE Olympia WA 98501

    11:30am March to the Capitol

    12pm-1pm Rally on the Capitol steps

    ALL DAY: Meet with your legislators and advocate for increased funding for wages and benefits for direct support staff who work in supported living. Ask your legislators to include funding in the 2015-2017 budget to support the crucial and important work that all direct support staff do in Washington state.

    Have any questions? Contact:

    Jeremy Oslund at 206-284-9130 or

    Chad Higman at 206-772-5700 or

    For updates and more information visits our Facebook page here:

    We look forward to seeing everyone at the rally!


  • Kristie Sundheim Receives ANCOR’s Washington State DSP Award

    Kristie Sundheim, a direct support professional with The Arc of Spokane is the recipient of the ANCOR Washington State 2014 Direct Support Professional Recognition Award. CRSA Congratulations Kristie – thank you for all your great work! You can read more about Kristie’s story here:


  • Stephanie Boyle Receives ANCOR National DSP Award

    The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) announced that Stephanie Boyle of The Arc of Spokane,
    in Spokane, Washington, is the recipient of the 2014 National Direct Support Professional Recognition Award.  CRSA and The Arc of Spokane are immensely proud of  Stephanie’s amazing work and her dedication to her clients. Thank you Stephanie for EVERYTHING you do!  You can see Stephanie’s story here:

  • The Washington Legislature makes a down payment for Supported Living

    Community residential services for people with developmental disabilities received a significant down payment on restoring the budget cuts from the recession years. The final Supplemental Operating Budget that the Washington State Legislature passed yesterday increases funding for Supported Living by 30 cents per hour—almost half the amount of cuts made by the legislature in 2009 and 2010. Supported Living agencies will still be providing the same level of service with less money than they received in 2009, but the gap has narrowed.  (more…)

  • House Budget Provides Modest Support

    Through the great efforts of clients, families, staff, advocates, CRSA members, and the CRSA Legislative Committee we were able to get a $0.30 increase to the benchmark for direct support staff wages in the House budget! NOW we need to work on the Senate to make sure it stays in the final budget. Please contact your Senator today and ask that she/he make sure this funding stays in the final budget! This work is imperative to keeping this funding in the final budget. Thank you. You can look your Senator up here:

  • Hard work deserves a livable wage

    Caprice works hard to support her clients in the community and to support her family.

  • Robert asks for his staff to be paid a better wage

    Robert talks about how supported living workers help him to live in the community, and how they need a better wage.

  • People learn life skills in Supported Living

    James talks about teaching skills to people with developmental disabilities in a supported living program in Yakima.