Now until February 14 is a critical time to act
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EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTHB 2787 - Concerning creation of the select committee on supported employment services for individuals with developmental disabilities
SPONSORS: Caldier, Kilduff, Dent, Senn, Frame, Doglio, McDonald, Pollet, Santos
The committee must produce a report that includes suggested policy, administrative code, or statute changes that would allow for better outcomes for recipients of supported employment or community access services.
STATUS: Did NOT pass the House (Updated Feb. 15)
NOTE: The original bill had just one spot for a self-advocate, and four for family members. After self-advocates testified and asked for equal representation, the bill was amended to include 3 of each.
These related bills were introduced, but did not advance
- HB 2613 - Concerning employment services for individuals with disabilities - did not move out of committee
- HB 2683 - Concerning developmental disability supported employment provider job coaches- did not move out of committee
- SB 6381 - Ensuring access to community-based services for developmentally disabled citizens currently served by the DDA - did not move out of committee. Its companion bill, HB 2883, also did not move out of committee
PROVIDER SERVICESHB 2435 - Reducing training requirements for certain respite care providers who provide respite to unpaid caregivers and work three hundred hours or less in any calendar year.
SPONSORS: Kilduff, Schmick, Cody, Muri, Kagi, Tharinger, Pollet, Tarleton
Changes training requirements for individual providers who only provide respite services to Aging and Long-Term Support Administration clients and work less than 300 hours in a year.
STATUS: Passed the House 98-0. (Updated Feb. 9)
HB 2963 - Concerning the consumer directed employer program
SPONSORS: Cody, Macri
Authorizes the Department of Social and Health Services to contract with a consumer directed employer (CDE) to be the legal employer of individual providers and perform administrative functions related to providing personal care, respite care, and other services to individuals with functional disabilities.
Retains the role of the person receiving the services of an individual provider as the managing employer with the authority to select, hire, schedule, supervise, and dismiss an individual provider.
Establishes a rate-setting board and a process to set labor rates for payments to individual providers and an administrative rate to be paid to the CDE.
STATUS: Did NOT pass the House. (Updated Feb. 9)
Q&A on Consumer directed employer programs, from DSHS
NOTE: A similar bill is in the Senate:
SB 6199 - Concerning the individual provider employment administrator program
SPONSORS: Cleveland, Conway, Miloscia, Keiser, Fortunato
Authorizes the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to implement a Consumer Directed Employer (CDE) program to act as the legal employer of individual providers (IPs). Establishes a rate-setting board to determine IP labor rates and CDE administrative rates. Modifies the IP overtime expenditure requirement.
STATUS: Passed the Senate 26-21, with 2 excused (Updated Feb. 15)
- Ramona Hattendorf, Director of Advocacy
The Arc of King County