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Developmental Disability Service System Task Force

This webpage will support the Developmental Disability Service System Task Force (DDSSTF) by keeping interested parties up to date on the actions of the task force and the sharing of information related to its work.


In June 2011, the Washington State Legislature passed, and the Governor signed, Second Substitute Senate Bill (2SSB) 5459.  This bill is generally called the “RHC bill.”  When 2SSB 5459 was passed, the Legislature stated their intent about the developmental disabilities system.  The bill states:

It is the intent of the legislature that:

DD Service System Task Force

2SSB 5459 established a new statewide task force that will make recommendations on the development of a system of services for persons with developmental disabilities that is consistent with the goals articulated above.  For a complete description of the goals of 2SSB 5459, read the Developmental Disability Service System Task Force Briefing Paper.

The task force shall report their recommendations to the appropriate committees of the Legislature by December 1, 2012.

Task Force Activity

Current appointments to the Task Force include:

Legislative Appointees

Senate Members
Senator Adam Kline, (D) 37th District
Senator Curtis King, (R) 14th District

House Members
Representative Tami Green, (D) 28th District
Representative Norm Johnson, (R) 14th District

Governor Appointees

Advocate Members
Lance Morehouse, The Arc of King County/Statewide Parent Coalitions
Gail Goodwin, Director, Grant County Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Residential Services

Labor Members
Karin Balsley, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Sue Henricksen, Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE)

DDC Member
Ed Holen, Executive Director

RHC Family Member
Bonnie Sullivan, Lakeland Village Associates

DSHS Member
Jane Beyer, Assistant Secretary for Aging and Disability Services, DSHS

Dept. of Enterprise Services Member
Howard Cox

Meeting Notices and Task Force Materials

For information regarding upcoming meetings and to view related materials, please go to: 
DD Service System Task Force Legislative Webpage