People First of Washington has a youth leadership program called Student First, where individuals with disabilities learn advocacy and life skills. Leaders and experts from the community such as Brian Nichols of Spokane County speak to the Student First membership at their yearly conference in Spokane. There, the students learn important information about transitioning to
The DD Ombuds will be active during the Washington state legislative session informing the legislature about the work of the DD Ombuds and the issues that affect individuals with developmental disabilities. The DD Ombuds set priorities for the 2019 session, they include: Identify and close gaps in mental health services for people with developmental disabilities.
Check out the link below to hear from Kate Walters of KUOW about the latest on individuals with developmental disabilities in Washington being stranded at the hospital and what Washington State is doing to address the issue. Scroll down and play the second segment titled “Ombuds report on people with developmental disabilities”. KUOW Report
In this report, the DD Ombuds describes its findings that individuals with developmental disabilities are dropped off and left at hospitals by service providers, after which their services are terminated. This has left many individuals at the hospital with no place to go for long periods, sometimes even months. This is a preventable problem. Have