March 15, 2011

WFSE/AFSCME continues concerns over bill reducing staffing in transition facilities tied to the special commitment center

The Federation took its concerns over SHB 1247, the bill reducing staffing levels in secure community transition facilities, to the House Ways and Means Committee Monday (March 14).

The transition facilities are tied to the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island, which houses civilly committed sexually violent predators. One of the transition facilities is located on McNeil Island. Two are in Seattle.

Federation Lobbyist Matt Zuvich said the Legislature mandated that members go into the community with the civilly committed residents.

“Our members tell us scenarios where if staffing is cut from where it currently is now that might end up leaving folks single-staffed with folks back at the house while other folks are transporting out in the community doing what they need to do for the legislative mandate,” Zuvich said.

Cutting staff will also lead to overtime costs and the “burnout that comes with having to do overtime on a daily basis,” he said. 


• The Federation on Monday registered support for: ESHB 1740, creating a health benefit exchange to increase access to quality, affordable health care (House Health and Long-Term Care Committee); ESHB 1311, improving health care in the state using evidence-based care (House Health and Long-Term Care Committee); SSB 5025, limiting costly public records requests by inmates (House State Government and Tribal Affairs Committee).

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