The Parent Coalition Newsletter The E-newsletter of The Arc of Whatcom County
January 26, 2009

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in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Vision Planning Session
  • Focus on the Children Conference
  • State Government Information
  • ADVOCATE
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  • Vision Planning Session

    Let you voice be heard

    In the fall of 2008, The Arc of Whatcom County received the deeds for 2 lots and the buildings on them located at 3399 Alderwood Ave. and 3406 Redwood Ave.

    These properties were originally purchased over 50 years ago by community members working in association with The Arc.
    The property has continuously been used for the support of people in the community with developmental disabilities.

    The previous owners, NorthWest Industries provided pre-vocational services to individuals with developmental disabilities.
    The ownership for the lots was returned to The Arc when NorthWest Industries closed.

    Help plan for the future of these lots.
    Saturday, January 31
    10:00 a.m.
    Meeting Location:
    The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center
    2602 McLeod Rd
    Bellingham, WA

    For more information contact The Arc at
    360-715-0170 X 302


    Focus on the Children Conference

    Building Foundations that last

    Spend the day at the conference and

    • Reflect on your practice
    • Gain new resources and strategies
    • Share information
    • Contemplate culture, diversity, and early childhood education issues

    Limited scholarships for licensed child care providers are available.


    State Government Information

    Information about the new session and leadership in Olympia

    Committee assignments can be found under the Committee tab at: www.leg.wa.gov.

    Senate democrat leadership:
    http://www.sdc.wa.gov/leadership.htm
    Senate republican leadership:
    http://src.leg.wa.gov/about/leadership.htm

    House democratic leadership:
    http://housedemocrats.wa.gov/leadership.asp
    House republican leadership:
    http://houserepublicans.wa.gov/AboutUs.htm.

    See the League of Education Voter's alert about legislator changes in both chambers that impact education issues at the link below.


    ADVOCATE

    Up coming committee hearings in Olympia that are of importance to individuals with developmental disabilities.

    Senate Health & Long-Term Care
    1/28/09 8:00 a.m. - Full Committee
    Senate Hearing Rm 4 - J.A. Cherberg Building
    Public Hearing:
    SB 5117 - Establishing intensive behavior support services.
    SB 5203 - Regarding insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorders.
    SB 5103 - Concerning service animals in training.

    House Human Services -
    1/29/09 10:00 a.m. Full Committee
    House Hearing Rm D - John L. O'Brien Building
    Public Hearing:
    HB 1104 - Concerning vendor rates for supported living providers.
    HB 1226 - Establishing intensive behavior support services

    House Judiciary -
    1/29/09 10:00 a.m. Full Committee
    House Hearing Rm A - John L. O'Brien Building
    Public Hearings:
    none related to developmental disabilities.
    Executive Session:
    HB 1103 - Concerning the estates of vulnerable adults.

    House Health & Human Services Appropriations
    1/29/09 1:30 p.m. Full Committee
    House Hearing Rm B - John L. O'Brien Building
    Work Session:
    1. Overview of the Long-Term Care (DSHS) 09-11 biennial budget items.
    2. Overview of Developmental Disabilities (DSHS) 09-11 biennial budget items.
    Public Hearing:
    Increasing the efficiency, effectiveness, and/or exploring areas for additional cost savings within Long-Term Care (DSHS) and Developmental Disabilities (DSHS) programs.

    Other topics will be addressed in most of these hearings but they do not pertain directly to individuals with developmental disabilities.


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    Upcoming Events
    Gathering of Friends at the Annual Meeting

    Gathering of Friends at the Annual Meeting

    Wednesdays
    Knowing Your
    Personal Boundaries~
    Safety Awareness

    4:00-5:30 p.m.
    Register now
    Groups now forming for sessions
    that will begin this month!
    Here is an opportunity to learn all about personal safety and awareness.
    Presented by
    John Davis, Ph.D. and
    Jan Jung, M.Ed.
    Bellingham, WA
    Registration required
    please call 360-715-0170 X 304

    Wednesdays
    Parent Therapeutic Support group
    Learn Self-Nurturing Techniques

    Noon-1:30 p.m.
    Weekly Group Meetings for parents and other family members who are primary care providers.
    Facilitated by
    John Davis, Ph.D. and Jan Jung, M.Ed.
    Bellingham, WA
    No fees
    Registration required, please call
    360-715-0170 X 304

    January 26
    Whatcom County
    Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board

    4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
    St Luke's Health Education Center
    3333 Squalicum Pkwy
    Information contact: Jessica
    360-676-6724 X 32014

    January 28
    Annual Disabilities Legislative Reception

    5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    Pritchard Library Cafeteria
    Capitol Campus
    Olympia

    January 31
    Down syndrome Outreach
    Bowling Night

    7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    Park Lanes Bowl
    RSVP by January 26
    Contact Kristy Gillig at
    360-715-0170 X 307
    PLEASE NOTE:
    THIS IS ON SATURDAY!

    February 7
    Down syndrome Outreach
    Annual Planning Meeting

    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Share a potluck lunch!
    Child care provided
    RSVP to
    Kristy Gillig at
    360-715-0170 X 307

    February 9
    Parent to Parent Support Meeting

    7:00-8:30 p.m.
    2001 H Street
    Childcare available please call ahead
    Contact Christine at 360-255-2056 X 1

    February 14
    Youth Self Advocacy Group
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    The Arc's
    Dan Godwin Community Center
    2602 McLeod Rd.
    Bellingham, WA
    Contact: Carol at
    360-715-0170 X 304
    PLEASE NOTE:
    THIS IS A DATE CHANGE!

    February 26
    Everything You need to Know Medicaid Personal Care Training Medicaid Personal Care Hours, Guardianship, Special Needs Trusts, Social Security, Medicaid, How the Social Service System Works?
    Join us to learn more:
    Contact Beverly: 360-715-0170 X 306

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