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March 14, 2014 at 7:08 AM

Supported living: Pay caregivers adequate wages

This is in response to The Seattle Times’ editorial “Senate should protect people with disabilities” [Opinion, March 9]. No one disputes the importance of the state investigating abuse and neglect complaints for individuals with developmental disabilities. It is, however, only one piece of the equation. The other piece is to pay caregivers adequate wages. The…


Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Department of Social and Health Services, developmental disabilities, Janet Michaelsen

February 27, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Developmental disabilities: Expand existing state resources

Amy Crawley, of Kirkland, holds son Rowan, 8, when he becomes too rowdy while playing. Rowan has severe autism, requiring almost constant care. The family has been on a waiting list for almost seven years to receive state services. (BETTINA HANSEN / The Seattle Times).

In response to the The Seattle Times’ article “Thousands of families left out of state funding to help with developmental disabilities,” [Local News, Feb. 24] I would like to suggest consideration of expanding the use of our state-established Residential Habilitation Centers, which have the therapies in place plus available residential facilities. They could be utilized to serve families of autistic children and other developmentally disabled persons needing services.

I am the uncle of an autistic girl and have an understanding of the demands that this situation places on parents.


Comments | More in Disabilities | Topics: developmental disabilities, Doug Pinkley, residential habilitation centers

September 2, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Caring for the disabled in Washington

Nice idea, in theory A recent Seattle Times editorial called for the closure of state-run residential habilitation centers (RHCs) for people living with developmental disabilities. [“Editorial: Reset inequity for state’s most vulnerable,” Opinion, Aug. 25.] The resulting cost savings would then be directed toward reducing the number of eligible people on waiting lists for needed services. On…


Comments | More in Economy, Health care, Seattle | Topics: community, cost, developmental disabilities

August 31, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Caring for the disabled in Washington

Time for realistic solutions Close the residential habilitation centers (RHCs) is not as simple as you think. [“Editorial: Reset inequity for state’s most vulnerable,” Opinion, Aug. 25.] The community needs to be improved and expanded. However, this should not be done at the risk of individuals leaving the RHCs or those awaiting services. Too often, the quest…


Comments | More in Economy, Health care, Seattle | Topics: community living, costs, developmental disabilities