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Cost-shifting obfuscates the picture of how much is spent by the State for people with dd. Total expenses for people served in Residential Habilitation Centers are readily available, though the cost of serving people, short term, who enter on respite and/or in crisis should be backed out and added into costs for people living "in the community." Total expenses for individuals with dd who are served "in the community" ...more »
I suggest that discussion not be purged from this forum. To do so distorts the discussion. Even argumentative discourse is valuable and enlightening. If anyone finds it tiresome or boring, they can close out the site.
Convert all state building operations to money-saving green operations. This will take time, but if done carefully, could result in considerable savings. Use the Women's Center at Fred Hutchinson in Seattle as a model to understand the fiscal potential.
Decrease the cost of administration: DSHS/DDD should stop initiating/supporting residential habilitation center closure efforts and let their superintendents do their jobs at their facilities. Each closure effort results in distraction of the superintendents and other administrators from their own responsibilities and redirects their time and energy to the Division's closure agenda. Hundreds, if not thousands, of expensive ...more »
Except for preservative, functional, & structural repair & maintenance, freeze all capital spending at State Universities. Apply savings to human services. This would include property acquisition and development including new construction and remodeling.
Stretch the DDD budget. Drive down costs for services to people with dd by allowing more people access to RHC residential services. People who desire such collective, centralized services should be encouraged to avail themselves of them. This would decrease the per-capita costs of intensive services to those whose needs require them. Savings could be applied to services to others still be awaiting services.