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Last Chance on the State Budget!

Updated: Apr 19

Do you want services funded for people with developmental disabilities? ACT NOW before time runs out!


We have seen budget proposals from Governor Inslee, the Senate and the House, and we need your help!. Now it is time for them to meet and decide which things will make it into the final budget!

You can see our easy-to-view budget smiley chart to see what has been proposed at The Arc of Washington Budget Chart

Email the budget negotiators and let them know you want these budget items in the final budget:

Ask House members: PLEASE MEET OR MATCH the Senate’s Capital and Operating proposals for developmental disabilities!

  • Yes to the Senate’s 1600+ new waiver slots – (but we do need more! If there is a way, please add Additional Waiver slots for all DD waivers) in the Operating Budget;

  • Yes to the Senate’s Housing study of the long-term housing needs of people with DD in the Capital budget;

  • Yes to the Senate’s Pre-Design of 4-5 Community based homes that can provide nursing level care in the Capital budget;

  • $50 million for community-based housing for people with DD – designate this for scattered-side housing in the biennium budget rather than place it in the Dan Thompson Account so that funds can be used for one-time capital expense housing stock expansion;

  • Yes to the Senate’s Land Manager for the Dan Thompson Memorial Community Trust to maximize earning potential of Trust lands;


FOR ALL LEGISLATIVE MEMBERS – HERE IS OUR WISH LIST. THESE MATTER!!!!

  • 2-year planned phased closure of Rainier School with community placements for residents;

  • Increase community residential provider rates (supported living, group homes, staffed residential); Add in the rate study from SB 5268 to ensure rates promote the expansion of providers for sustainable services

  • Case managers for the No Paid Services caseload to help with self-assessments, report for next session;

  • Temporary increase to the COVID rate add-on;

  • Add to the Budget – SB 5268 Caseload forecasting for people with developmental disabilities (DD) needing waiver services, supported living and State Operated Living Alternatives;

  • Fund eligible high school graduates for the Basic Plus waiver;

EMAIL AND CALL THE BUDGET NEGOTIATORS TODAY! The Budget Negotiators are:

Senator Christine Rolfes Christine.rolfes@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7644

Senator Lynda Wilson lynda.wilson@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7632

Representative Timm Ormsby timm.ormsby@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7946

Representative Drew Stokesbary drew.stokesbary@leg.wa.gov (253) 245-1963

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