Target: Kevin Quigley, Department of Social and Health Services Secretary
Goal: Thoroughly investigate the potential lack of services to people with disabilities in Washington state
With all the budget cuts happening these days, it can be hard enough for people with disabilities to have access to the help they need, such as behavioral therapy or training to become self-sufficient at personal care tasks. That is why it is so atrocious that some of the few available services have been actively denied to people with disabilities in Washington State for as long as 21 years.
The exact number of people with disabilities who have been denied services in Washington over the last 21 years is unknown. Although some people might have been receiving assistance, extensive lost paperwork means that the state cannot prove that it has been doing its job.
This lack of record keeping might have been a cost-cutting measure, as documenting services cost a lot of money. However, this is not an acceptable way to cut costs. Not only does it violate the right of people with disabilities to have proper documentation of the services they receive, it also means that there is no proof that the facilities that are supposed to be helping these individuals have done their job for over two decades. This means that any number of individuals with disabilities could have been denied services, and these interactions went undocumented and therefore cannot be properly addressed.
This matter needs to be investigated immediately and whoever was responsible for the decision to not keep files on the care given and received needs to be brought to justice. People with disabilities rely on these services and they have a legal right to them. Demand that this matter is properly investigated immediately.
Dear Department of Social and Health Services Secretary Kevin Quigley,
It has just come to light that some of the facilities in Washington state that assist people with disabilities are not doing their job. Specifically, for up to two decades, qualifying individuals with disabilities might have been denied much-needed services. No one knows for sure how many people have been denied help or for how long, due to lost paperwork.
As the secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services, it is important that you investigate this matter thoroughly. If a single person was denied a single service, it is of the utmost importance that it is discovered. Many individuals’ lives have already been impacted by the potential lack of assistance that the federal government was supposed to give to them.
The lack of proper documentation might have started as a cost-saving measure, but this is not an appropriate way to cut down on expenses. After all, it is part of the rights of the individuals receiving these services to have proper documentation of the services.
The missing paperwork goes back as far as two decades. It is imperative that the extent of the damage is assessed immediately, in addition to the source of this decision being found and appropriately disciplined.
[Your Name Here]
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