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Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Aging and Disability Services Administration Division of Developmental Disabilities Employment/Day Services Workgroup Facilitation

BERK facilitated a Workgroup charged by the Washington Legislature to develop a new approach to employment and day services that maintains optimum choice and meets the needs for adults with developmental disabilities and their families. The Workgroup consisted of approximately 25 participants, and included a mix of legislators, service providers, self-advocates, and parents of individuals with developmental disabilities.

While the topic was highly charged and emotional for many participants, we produced a set of recommendations that satisfies the Legislative Charge, addresses the burdensome fiscal climate, and was supported by a majority of the Workgroup. We created a process where every participant felt heard and contributed to the final product.