April 6, 2016
Thank you for reading and receiving this,
I have attached a edited version of testimony I gave at a RHC/Respite hearing this year.
Although my 32 year old son still lives at home, he uses the Respite program offered by the Yakima Valley School.
The Yakima Valley School provides complete care for our sons and daughters who are medically fragile with high level acuity. I understand cost is the exploited factor, although peace of mind knowing adequately trained, competent staff and a safe environment is priceless. Cost is nearly the same for a child like mine in the community or a state facility.
Thanks for your time,
John, Sonja & Mark Mahaney
Respected Legislator, I ask that you support E2SSB 5243 and E2SSB 6564.
For the last 8+ years our sons and daughters have been victims of fewer services, cut after cut.
This places parents in higher demand of respite services. I receive phone calls daily from parents all over the state complaining about respite services. The Developmental Disabilities Administration is telling parents Yakima Valley School is no longer accepting respite clients, and to seek community based respite. When I asked where to look I was told “There are none yet, but there being developed.”
I plead with the members of this committee not to dismantle a proven system hundreds of parents need and is so essential keeping our sons and daughters living at home. Again, the RHC setting may not be the appropriate setting for all, although it does serve a vital service for our sons and daughters as well as giving parents much deserved (break) respite.
John and Mark Mahaney