Thursday, April 23, 2020

2020 Legislative Wrap Up

This year's Legislative Session had lots of "wins" for the I/DD community with lots of bills passing.
We also came out pretty well with the budget and didn't get any line item vetoes due to COVID-19.

Here are a list of the bills that passed concerning those with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Arc of Washington - Advocacy Info

Check out the Arc of Washington's Advocacy page for info on

The Governor's Budget
2020 Bills of Interest
2020 Legislative Hearings
Advocacy Days ............and much more :-)

Thursday, December 12, 2019

2020 Legislative Notebook

The Arc of WA puts together the Legislative Notebook with DDA information and stakeholder legislative issue pages. This is a great snapshot of DDA services across the state and what is needed from the legislature to improve services to persons with I/DD.

Click on the link below, scroll halfway down the page, and you'll find the legislative notebook link.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

2020 Parent and Family Priorities

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What Parent Coalitions hear from families: 

Equity: Services are not equitable across settings for the individual. 

Community Capacity: Communities lack the capacity to meet the needs of 
individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Customer Experience: Families are experiencing significant barriers within 
the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) system, including 
inaccessibility, lack of transparency, lack of cultural competence, and 
challenges navigating the system.

Families need investments in services in the community:

Increase the number of Individual and Family Services waiver slots.
the number of individuals being found eligible for DDA is increasing by more
than 500 people per month. We need to address the backlog of families and
provide this preventive service to keep families from going into crisis.

Increase the availability of out of home overnight planned respite in 
local communities. This allows families to have a break and prevents higher 
cost crisis services. Families want this service in their local community.

Provide seed grants to local communities to identify needs and help develop
and increase local providers with priority going to rural communities. Local
communities, particularly small rural areas are struggling with not having
enough providers. Allowoing investment in a "ground up" approach will 
help to create opportunities that can be customized for the needs of the 
local community.

  #Equity #Family #Community

Friday, October 25, 2019

2019 DDA Caseload and Cost Report

For those of you who like the numbers.....

Here is the link to the 2019 DDA Caseload and Cost Report.
Information specific to Kittitas County is on pages 18, 20 and 33

Happy reading :-)

Friday, May 24, 2019

Operating Budget for DDA 2019-2021

update from Evelyn Perez on the DDA Budget for 2019-2021
Developmental Disabilities Administration Update
May 22, 2019
Dear Interested Stakeholder,
Yesterday, Governor Inslee signed into law the operating budget bill for the 2019-21 biennium. You can find more detailed information about the budget on the Legislative Evaluation & Accountability Program (LEAP) website.
When the Department of Social and Health Services, Developmental Disability Administration (DDA) submitted our agency request last fall, our top priority was to fund critical or emergent issues required to comply with state and federal laws. We also requested funding for several other program priorities, and many of these are reflected in the final budget. Highlights from the enacted 2019-21 (2-year) budget that impact DDA include:
Vendor Rate Increases: There are several key areas where the Governor made targeted investments for key Medicaid service providers.
  • Enhance Community Residential Rate: Community residential service providers, including supported living, group homes and licensed staffed residential homes receive a 13.5 percent rate increase effective January 1, 2020. ($62.2M GF-S; $123.2M Total Funds)
  • Community Respite Rate Increase: Rates for Overnight Planned Respite Services and Emergency Respite Services (ERS) are increased to $400-$150 for OPRS and to $450-$550 for ERS for children. ($12.2M GF-S; $27.6M Total Funds)
  • Nursing Services Rates: Rates are increased ten percent for in-home Medicaid nursing services and adult family home private duty nursing. ($0.6M GF-S; $1.2M Total Funds)
  • Assisted Living Rates: The Assisted Living Facility Medicaid rate is increased and funding is provided for the impact of the 2021 rate rebase. ($0.5M GF-S; $1.2M Total Funds)
  • Agency Provider Admin Rate: Home care agencies receive a $0.05 per hour administrative rate increase. ($0.1M: GF-S; $0.2M Total Funds)
Collective Bargaining Agreements: New collective bargaining agreements that affect DDA employees and providers, including:
  • Washington Federation of State Employees General classified state employees ($21.5M GF-S; $39.9M Total Funds)
  • SEIU 1199 State employee nurses ($1.3M GF-S; $2.5M Total Funds)
  • SEIU 775 NW Individual Provider in-home care workers ($23.6M GF-S; $53.6M Total Funds)
  • Agency Parity While not bargained separately, in-home care agencies receive comparable changes to the SEIU 775 Individual Provider bargaining agreement. ($3.3M GF-S; $7.5M Total Funds)
  • Adult Family Home Council Owners of Adult Family Homes (AFH) bargain with the state for daily rates and special programs. ($8.4M GF-S; $18.8M Total Funds)
State Operate Living Alternative (SOLA) Expansion: New SOLA programs are created for a variety of specific groups:
  • Complete 47 SOLA Placements General classified state employees ($6.4M GF-S; $12.6M Total Funds; 74.8 FTE)
  • SOLA Community Options   Fifteen SOLA placements, phased-in through FY 2020 to serve Rainier PAT A residents who wish to transition to the community and DDA clients who are discharged from hospitalization. ($4.2M GF-S; $8.4M Total Funds; 51.5 FTE)
Residential Habilitation Centers (RHC) There are several budget steps specifically addressing RHCs:
  • RHC Medicaid Compliance: Funding supports compliance with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) certification standards for RHC Intermediate Care Facilities. Beginning in FY 2019, 63 Rainier School residents who are assessed to no longer need or benefit from "active treatment" are transitioning to other RHCs with skilled nursing facilities or to community placements such as SOLAs. ($11.5M GF-S: $22.9 Total Funds; 131.2 FTE)
  • Rainier PAT A: On March 6, 2019, Rainer School Program Area Team (PAT) A lost its federal Intermediate Care Facilities certification from CMS. Funding is provided to move remaining Rainier PAT A residents to appropriate placements in other PATs and RHCs. ($0.6M GF-S: $0.5 Total Funds; 2.8 FTE)
High School Transition Students: Approximately 350 DDA clients leaving high school not currently receiving services under a Medicaid waiver will receive employment services through this funding. ($2.2M; $4.0M Total Funds)
Behavioral Health Enhanced Discharge Placements: Six state-operated behavioral health training home beds are established for short-term placements for DDA clients with behavioral health issues. Staffing begins in FY2021, and clients will be placed beginning in FY2022. ($1.0M GF-S; $1.0M Total Funds; 5.8 FTE)
Enhanced Discharge Ramp-Up: An additional 24 SOLA beds are added in a continuation of the transitions of DDA-eligible state hospital residents to enhanced SOLAs. ($5.4 GF-S; $10.5M Total Funds; 62.3 FTE)
If you have questions regarding the 2019-21 biennial budget or other results of the legislative session, please contact Luisa Parada Estrada.
Thank you for the work you do each day to advocate for individuals in need throughout our state.
Evelyn Perez
Assistant Secretary
DSHS: Transforming Lives