Monday, March 3, 2014

DSHS Plan to relocate Western State Mental Patients Throughout Lakewood/Oakbrook

If you live in or near Lakewood’s Oakbrook Neighborhood, please take a moment to read through the following and consider passing it along to others friends and family who live in Oakbrook and Lakewood.

The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is about to move on a proposed rule which will make it easier to relocate Western State Hospital patients into many of the Adult Family Homes located throughout the City of Lakewood.

· There are currently 57 “Adult Family Homes” located in Lakewood
· 25 of these homes (44% of Lakewood’s facilities!) are located in the Oakbrook Neighborhood alone. Do you live near one? See the address-list at the bottom of this email…

THE PROPOSED RULES – Why should you care?
Read the complete proposal at:

Here are a few excerpts:

"The statute allows for existing Adult Family Homes, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities who convert to enhanced services facilities to be deemed to meet the applicable state and local rules, regulations, permits, and code requirements."

“These enhanced services facilities will admit residents who:
1. Have two or more of the following:
a. Intrusive behaviors that put residents or staff at risk;
b. Aggressive, threatening, or assaultive behaviors that create a risk to the health or safety of other residents or staff, or a significant risk to property and these behaviors are frequent or difficult to manage;
c. A history of offenses against a person or felony offenses that created substantial damage to property;
d. Self-endangering behaviors that are frequent or difficult to manage;
e. A history of frequent or protracted mental health hospitalizations;
f. Complex medication needs which include psychotropic medications; and/or
g. A history of or likelihood of unsuccessful placements in either a licensed facility or other state facility or a history of rejected applications for admission to other licensed facilities based on the resident's behaviors, history, or security needs.
2. Have any of the following:
a. A mental disorder, chemical dependency disorder, or both; or
b. An organic or traumatic brain injury
3. A cognitive impairment that results in symptoms or behaviors requiring Require:
a. Daily care by or under the supervision of a mental health professional, chemical dependency professional, or nurse; or
b. Assistance with three or more activities of daily living; and
c. Supervision and facility services; and
4. Are at least eighteen years old”

"Residents will be in a less-restrictive environment and will receive recommended services including mental health and chemical dependency services, along with having their care needs met. ...Placing residents in enhanced services facilities will potentially open up beds in the state hospitals for individuals who are in the need of active mental health treatment."

NEIGHBORHOOD ACTION – What can you do?
1. Forward this message to others you know in Lakewood and Oakbrook!!

2. DSHS ( will be holding a hearing in Olympia at 10am on March 11, 2014 to discuss these new rules. Please consider attending and making your voice heard!
DSHS Headquarters
Office Building 2 – Auditorium
1115 Washington Street SE
Olympia, WA 98504

3. Written comments may be sent to the DSHS, but must be received NLT 5pm on March 11, 2014
DSHS Rules Coordinator
P.O. Box 45850
Olympia WA 98504-5850
DSHS Rules Coordinator
1115 Washington Street SE
Olympia WA 98504
(360) 664-6185

4. The next Lakewood City Council meeting is this Monday, March 3, 2014 at 7pm in the Council Chambers at Lakewood City Hall. Visitors are permitted to speak for 3 minutes each.
Lakewood City Council:

5. Consider calling or emailing our elected officials:
Representative Tami Green

Rep. Tami Green
LEG 429A
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7958 or (800) 562-6000

Representative Dick Muri

January-March March-December
Rep. Dick Muri Rep. Dick Muri
P.O. Box 40600 7902 27th Street West, Suite 7
Olympia, WA 98504-0600 University Place, WA 98466
(800) 562-6000 or (253) 566-5652
(360) 786-7890

Washington State Senator Steve O’Ban

Rep. Steve O’Ban
102 Irv Newhouse Building
P.O. Box 40428
Olympia, WA 98504-0428
(360) 786-7654 or (800) 562-6000

ADULT FAMILY HOMES in OAKBROOK – Do you live near one?
9723 73rd St SW 8113 Oakbrook Lane SW
7505 76th Ave SW 7908 Onyx Ct SW
7501 77th Ave SW 8201 Onyx Drive SW
9116 78th Street SW 7309 Onyx Drive SW
7909 88th Ave SW 9808 Onyx Drive SW
7217 91st Ave Ct SW 8301 Onyx Drive SW
7721 91st Ave SW 9113 Onyx Drive SW
7506 95th Ave SW 7001 Opal Ct SW
7021 97th Ave SW 7013 Opal Ct SW
7409 Coral Lane SW 6909 Topaz Drive SW
7413 Coral Lane SW 8310 Zircon Drive SW
8212 Coral Place SW 9009 Zircon Drive SW

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