Self-Care is Critical for Caregivers with Unique Challenges

Self-care is not selfish. Self-care is any activity or strategy that helps you survive and thrive in your life. Without regular self-care, it can become impossible to keep up with work, support and care for others, and manage daily activities. PAVE knows that self-care can be particularly challenging for family members caring for someone with Read More

Adolescent Health Care Act Provides Options for Families Seeking Mental Health and Substance Use Help for Young People Resistant to Treatment

A Brief Overview The Adolescent Behavioral Health Care Access Act, passed into law by the Washington Legislature in 2019, gives parents and providers more leverage in treating a young person who will not or cannot independently seek medical help for a behavioral health condition. The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) hosts website links with information about Read More

Supported Decision Making is an Option for Adults with Disabilities

A Brief Overview In Washington State, Supported Decision Making (SDM) is a legal option for supporting a person with a disability after their 18th birthday. The format for an SDM agreement is up to the individual and their supporters. A sample form is available for download from WashingtonLawHelp.org. The final section of this article provides Read More

Families Who Receive In-Home Care Services: Take Note of 2022 Changes

A Brief Overview Everyone who gets state-funded in-home care in Washington is affected by a new employment structure for Individual Providers (IPs). The Consumer Direct Care Network of Washington (CDWA) is the new Consumer Directed Employer (CDE) for all individual providers of state purchased in-home care. The CDWA website offers support in multiple ways by Read More

Bullying at School: Resources and the Rights of Students with Special Needs

A Brief Overview OCR provides a fact sheet for parents about school legal obligations to address bullying. The fact sheet is available in Spanish. According to OCR, students who are victims of bullying shall not be further victimized by the school’s response: “Any remedy should not burden the student who has been bullied.” Families can ask the school Read More

Parent to Parent (P2P) Connects Caregivers Statewide for Support

A Brief Overview Parent to Parent (P2P) connects families to trained parent volunteers whose children also have disability conditions and special healthcare needs. The Arc of Washington provides a list of P2P coordinators for every county in the state.  ¿Hablas español? Para más información y hacer referidos, llama a su condado bajo: Coordinadores de Enlace Hispano. Read More

Body Sensing Meditation for Help with Sleep

Anxiety around bedtime is a struggle for many people of all ages. Whether the challenge is to fall asleep or stay asleep, worry doesn’t make getting enough zees any easier. Here is a strategy for calming that uses a body scanning strategy combined with breath awareness. Parents might share this practice out loud to help Read More

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is a mandatory* Department of Defense program that helps military dependents with special needs. The Coast Guard, which operates under the authority of the Department of Homeland Security has a similar program called the Special Needs Program, or SNP. * EFMP is mandatory, primarily so a family member’s needs may Read More

Legal Resources for Highly Mobile Military Families

Military families have unique circumstances that can call for out-of-state or specialized assistance.  For example, when they move to a new duty station, they may need to find a lawyer in the state to which they are moving to help them establish a new guardianship for an adult child with disabilities. Fortunately there is an Read More