Day 20 in the Hospital

Mason remains in the hospital…

Here is the link to to the KUOW Report.

Go to the second story

“Ombuds report on people with developmental disabilities”

Skip ahead about 15 seconds after the tease regarding “Home DNA tests”.

I noted that the DDA does not keep statistics regarding the housing of their clients in hospitals. I would like to use this forum as a place to begin collecting such reports. If you are aware of DDA clients in Mason’s situation please forward to me without any personal health information and I will begin to keep track.

2 thoughts on “Day 20 in the Hospital

  1. Jay Inslee was too busy announcing for President today, to move Mason to a new home. I assume Mason might have been in a children’s group home — and DDA has 73 out of 138 places statewide in Spokane and another 13 in Kennewick (62% of placements in eastern WA, versus 22% of population). The ratios in adult placements are still disproportionate in eastern WA, but not nearly so lopsided. Guess your fellow (or lady maybe) aged out and they were trying to find a place closer to family. Very sad situation, brought to us by America’s Worst Governor.

    DDA doesn’t like to give out too many statistics. Anyone interested in these topics could also look at my FaceBook page — userid name rp98007 — where I talk about the abuse and neglect my 15 year old nonverbal autistic daughter Katie suffered in a children’s group home and at Shadle Park HS in Spokane from May to December 2018. Katie went to the ER at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital with head injuries three times because of being locked in an unpadded steel isolation chamber for disciplinary reasons. Her so-called special education “teacher” may have been a great football coach, but wasn’t suited for caring for our society’s most vulnerable children. Back in 2015, a female staff member victimized by his harassment got a protection order against him. Rather than being fired, he was sent to a different school district.

    The sad thing is that the state government doesn’t care about any of this — and never will, so long as Inslee is Governor.

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  2. Thank you very much for writing about this abusive practice. DDA has refused to acknowledge this practice – one reason is that the cost does not come out of their pocket. Out of sight, out of mind with blinders on.

    I have tried for over 6 years to make agency advocates and legislators aware of this practice. If anyone had bothered to talk to the hosptal ERs and discharge planners in addition to First Responders, one would get a totally difrferent view of needed care than what DDA will acknowledge.

    Many times they have no clue that one of their clients is even in the hosptial.

    There are appropriate places to provide this care – it’s called the Residential Habilitation Center (RHC) in our state. These are campus community settings which specialize in the care of people with developmental disabilities, many who may have behavior issues or mental health diagnoses.

    There has been a huge push to “deinstitutionalize” and consolidate/close these campuses by so-called advocates like Disability Rights Washington, The Arc and other agency advocates. What is happening is trans-institutionalization which not only costs more in dollars but creates more crisis for the individual, their famlies and caregivers.

    While the state and those agencies say they support community residential services and say that people do not want the RHC supports and services, there has not been the funding needed to even get close to safe and appropriate support services in the community.

    It is much less expensive all around to maintain supportive communities such as the RHCs – they can provide both crisis, short term and long term care and there is plenty of space to do that. It would be a much better investment in time, energy and funds to improve the RHC services and supports than force hospitals to take this on.

    I am so glad that the DD Ombudsman office has been developed and has looked at this long standing problem. My hope is that community supports are appropriately funded and supported in addition to the RHCs providing the needed services to those who need that level of care.


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