SOS is a grass-roots coalition of community members who oppose cuts to vital services for vulnerable adults. Members include:
Human Service Providers
Elderly, Developmentally Disabled, Physically Disabled and Mentally Ill Adults
Family Members of Vulnerable Individuals
Mental Health Clinicians
Small Business Owners
Public Defenders and Attorneys
Advocates for Various Vulnerable Adult Groups
With the current call for huge reductions in services provided to the elderly, disabled and mentally ill, SOS aims to send a clear message to Washington's powers-that-be. SOS opposes cuts to vital human services because:
Washington's vulnerable adult population will be irreparably harmed if these cuts take place. Most will become medically and mentally unstable; many will die without supporting services.
Cuts to services for the elderly, disabled and mentally ill will hurt entire communities for the foreseeable future.
Homelessness will increase, ER rooms will become overcrowded, jails will be overcrowded, emergency service use will spike to unprecedented levels, crime will increase, joblessness will increase, etc.
Washington politicians need to consider other revenue and saving options in order to fund human services for the vulnerable. SOS supports cutting waste and looking into all revenue options to maintain fiscal responsibility.
These cuts will slow down Washington's economic recovery. Thousands will lose their jobs and be unable to contribute to Washington's economy. Many small-businesses and agencies will go out of business due to the called-for cuts.
Cuts to vital community based services will increase use of higher costing emergency services, hospitalizations, and jails- costing the state more in the long-run. The proposed budgets fail to estimate the impact of increased emergency service use due to decreased preventative care.