YAKIMA, WA.--For the past three years, Entrust Community Services has relied on reserves to maintain medical therapies for adults with disabilities. But now, that money has run out.
Families in Yakima are concerned. They depend on Entrust to provide their family members various medical therapies like speech or physical therapy. However, because of legislative choices that stem back to 2010, Entrust can no longer afford to keep the positions that provide those services.
Entrust said they're committed to changing their program structure to meet the needs of the 15 families who rely on their services. They believe every adult with a disability deserves support.
"Failure of that program not to be here, I think is going to drastically impact how we can care for Kelly," said Bill Gillespie.
"She loves this place," said Mike Rock. "She comes here three days a week. Everyday she leaves, she's in such a better mood happy and talkative."
Entrust said they've been waiting for our public representatives to lead the way when it comes to serving people with disabilities, but they said that hasn't happened. So they're taking things into their own hands and creating a new model.
Entrust is reaching out to the medical communities to increase the number of patients and families they serve. This way more people can get the help they depend on.