what Davis Deshaies - Washington State


As part of the 2009 legislative session, the Washington State Legislature commissioned a study of the feasibility of reducing adult corrections, juvenile rehabilitation, and developmental disabilities institutional capacity. Specifically, the legislature directed that the study explore the reduction of 250 beds at the state developmental disabilities residential habilitation centers (RHC). The study involves both program and architectural / engineering assessments of all five RHCs and is due to the Washington State Office of Financial Management by October 2009.

Descriptions of the project and the enabling legislation are contained in these documents:

  1. OFM Feasibility Study Overview
  2. 2009 Legislative Proviso (Coming Soon)

Previous studies:

The feasibility of RHC closure has been studied previously. These studies were made available to Davis Deshaies and are considered in the preparation of the 2009 Feasibility study.

  1. DDD RHC Future Plans 2003
  2. Predictors of Out-of-Home Placement 2004
  3. RHC Institution Community Cost comparisons
  4. DSHS DDC Alternative Analysis study — 2003 (Coming Soon)

Status reports & project work documents:

Project status reports and project work documents are included in this section.

  1. CMA MMR July 31 2009

Stakeholder Survey:

Purpose of the Survey -This survey is part of the stakeholder input process which is included in Washington State Legislative study. There are two ways of stakeholder participation. First, these questions will be asked as part of a structured focus group process to pre-selected groups of RHC consumers, families, staff, and community leaders. Second, all interested people are invited to complete the same survey which is available on line on the internet.

What's the difference between the focus group questions and the internet survey - None. They are the same questions. The difference is that the focus groups will discuss their answers as part of a group process and reflect those deliberations. Information collected from the internet surveys will be summarized statistically but not subjected to a group discussion process.

To complete the survey simply go to survey.davisdeshaies.com. Your answers will be anonymous and if you wish you may complete the survey partially and return later to finish it. You may only complete the survey once.

You also have the choice of filling out the survey using a word document and sending it in via e-mail to norm.davis@davisdeshaies.com

There are three separate versions depending on what type of respondent you are:

How is the survey designed
The survey is organized into three (3) primary groups of respondents:

  • consumers & family members
  • direct care staff, clinical, & support staff
  • community provider & interested people

While many questions may overlap for each key group, there are also specific items which focus on unique relationships. Key demographic data will be collected for all respondents.


First published deliverable will be September 15, 2009.