HOUSE BILL 1994
State of Washington 57th Legislature 2001 Regular Session
By Representatives Boldt, Morell and Dunn
Read first time 02/12/2001. Referred to Committee on Children & Family Services.
AN ACT Relating to community support services for persons with developmental disabilities; and amending RCW 71A.16.010.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. RCW 71A.16.010 and 1998 c 216 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) It is the intention of the legislature in this chapter to establish a single point of referral for persons with developmental disabilities and their families so that they may have a place of entry and continuing contact for services authorized under this title to persons with developmental disabilities. Eligible persons with developmental disabilities, whether they live in the community or residential habilitation centers, should have the opportunity to choose where they live.
(2) Until June 30, 2003, and subject to subsection (3) of this section, if there is a vacancy in a residential habilitation center, the department shall offer admittance to the center to any eligible adult, or eligible adolescent on an exceptional case-by-case basis, with developmental disabilities if his or her assessed needs require the funded level of resources that are provided by the center.
(3) The department shall not offer a person admittance to a residential habilitation center under subsection (2) of this section unless the department also offers the person appropriate community support services listed in RCW 71A.12.040.
support services offered under subsection (3) of this section may only be
offered using funds specifically designated for this purpose in the state
operating budget. When these funds are exhausted, the department may not offer
admittance to a residential habilitation center, or community support services
under this section. (5))) Nothing in this section shall be construed to
create an entitlement to state services for persons with developmental
(5) Subsections (2) through (( (6))) (5) of this section
expire June 30, 2003.
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