Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Developmental disabilities ombuds meeting

How should state evaluate bids for new I/DD ombuds?

From the Department of Commerce:

The Washington State Legislature created an Office of the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds. The Department of Commerce will contract with a private, independent nonprofit organization to provide developmental disability ombuds services. As part of the selection process, Commerce will consult with stakeholders Thursday, September 29, in the development of the request for proposals and evaluation of bids.

We need your help in building a better community for people with developmental disabilities receiving care in their homes, in assisted living facilities, or in state institutions.

We are seeking input on:
  • The solicitation criteria for the bid process for the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds program
  • The evaluation criteria for bid responses for the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds program
Need for Ombuds
  • The prevalence of the abuse and neglect of people with developmental disabilities has become an issue that negatively affects the health and well-being of people.
  • The state creates an independent office of the developmental disabilities ombuds to monitor and report on services to people with developmental disabilities.
Ombuds Duties
  • Provide information
  • Investigate administrative acts 
  • Monitor procedures 
  • Review facilities
  • Recommend changes in procedures 
  • Submit annual report and recommendations

Stakeholder Meeting Information:

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016
10 a.m. to Noon

Radisson Hotel
18118 International Blvd
Seattle WA 98188

Please send RSVP and comments via email to Peter at  peter.tassoni at