Washington State is 41st in the nation in funding community services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD)[1]. As a result, the quality and availability of services is suffering. To remedy this, Community Employment Alliance (CEA) supports the following legislative actions:


1. FULLY FUND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY ADMINISTRATION SERVICES TO MEET PEOPLE'S NEEDS

  • Use caseload forecasting of high school graduates to annually increase availability of DDA Basic Plus waiver services to meet the forecasted need. CEA believes that every transitioning high school student should have the opportunity for employment and an array of services to help meet their social, emotional, and independence goals.
  • Increase the aggregate service limits on the Basic Plus waiver from $6,000 to $10,000 per year to allow people access to support hours they may need and reduce demand on costly crisis services. 


2. IMPROVE OUTCOMES OF HIGH SCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS TRANSITIONING TO ADULTHOOD/WORKFORCE 

  • Change the eligibility for waiver age from 21 to 19 years old. This change would allow coordination of activities that ensure a seamless transition from school to DDA services, making it possible for a person to have a paid job while still in school.

  • Increase funding for special education to increase integration and improve outcomes for students in our public schools.


3. PROVIDE FUNDING FOR ACCESS TO CERTIFIED BENEFITS PLANNERS

  • Fund benefits planners so that individuals and families have accurate information to make decisions that allow them to plan for needed supports and maximize their employment. 



[1] See Braddock State of the States Report, 2015, http://stateofthestates.org

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