May 24, 2011

Grave concerns over RHC consolidation bill

At the same House Ways and Means Committee hearing, Federation Executive Director Greg Devereux and Yakima Valley School Local 1326 member Julianne Moore raised grave concerns about 2SSB 5459, the bill to consolidate residential habilitation centers caring for some of this state’s most profoundly developmentally disabled citizens.

Among the concerns is that closing Frances Haddon Morgan Center won’t save money – and it would be premature without an infrastructure of state operated living alternatives community homes.

“Much of the problem in the system is due to inadequate funding,” Devereux said. “We believe there needs to be dedicated funding to create a healthy system.”

The committee late Monday passed out 2SSB 5459 on a vote of 16-10.

Call your two House members at 1-800-562-6000 and urge them to oppose 2SSB 5459 until it’s fixed to protect the choice and safety of all RHC residents.

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