She has spent a lifetime standing up for the underdog and the voiceless. Nearly every week, on her Senate Homepage she records a video on topics of importance.
This week she makes a passionate and factual case for protecting the RHC's (Residental Habitation Centers) like Fircrest School in Shoreline. There are five RHC's in Washington State. Because of the severe budget situation, two of them are being scheduled to close this year. But now, some of the budget cutters are even targeting Fircrest. DSHS is making arbitrary choices to cut the budget at the expense and safety of the most vulnerable citizens.
Sadly, as Chase shows, this will destroy a system of housing for the profoundly disabled and retarded people, who need that excellent care they receive at centers like Fircrest. And it will not actually save any money. It will end up costing MORE. And it will also deny residents and their families the choice to live in an RHC that is their right under Federal Law.
The budget choices our legislators face are heartbreaking. But legislators must stand up for the most vulnerable citizens, especially those who cannot speak for themselves.
You can view Senator Chase's broadcast here.
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