SEATTLE, WA - As many as 550 people living with disabilities in Washington state may have been deprived of some services they were entitled to for decades.
The head of the Department of Social and Health Services says some of these people may have gotten the help they need, but the state lacks the paperwork to prove it.
Federal law requires federally funded long-term-care facilities to provide any services residents need, including behavioral therapy, personal-care training and skill-building exercises.
DSHS Secretary Kevin Quigley says the state will spend the next six months evaluating all residents of long-term care facilities to determine what services they need.
Governor Jay Inslee put $4.2 million in his supplemental budget proposal for evaluations.