Washington In-Home Care Services, Initiative 775 (2001)

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Washington Initiative Measure 775, also known as the Long-Term In-Home Care Services Act, was on the November 6, 2001 election ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was approved.

Election results

Washington Initiative Measure 775
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 880,523 62.8%
No522,84837.2%

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

This measure would establish a new Home Care Quality Authority governed by a nine-member board appointed by the Governor. At least five board members would be current or former consumers of in-home care services provided for functionally disabled persons, and at least one board member would be a person with a developmental disability. The remaining board members would represent the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, the Governor's Committee on Disability Issues and Employment, the State Council on Aging, and the Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

The Authority would: establish qualifications and reasonable standards for accountability for publicly funded individual providers; provide for investigating the background of individual providers and prospective providers; undertake recruiting activities; provide training opportunities; assist consumers and prospective consumers in finding providers; provide routine emergency and respite referrals of individual providers; establish a referral registry of individual providers; remove providers or prospective providers from its registry for not meeting qualifications or for crimes or misconduct; and give preference in recruiting, training, referral and employment to recipients of public assistance or other qualified low-income persons.

Those persons receiving services would retain the right to choose, hire, supervise, and terminate individual providers. The Authority could not increase or decrease the hours of service for any consumer below or above the amount determined appropriate by DSHS or the appropriate local agency.

Solely for purposes of the collective bargaining laws, the Authority would be deemed the public employer of the individual providers. The Authority would engage in collective bargaining with the individual providers as a single, statewide unit concerning matters, such as individual provider compensation. Individual providers would not have the right to strike. The Authority, its board members, the area agencies on aging, and their contractors would be entirely or partially immune from certain types of liability for the actions or inaction of individual providers.

The Governor would be directed to request legislative funding to implement the Initiative, as well as meet the terms of each collective bargaining agreement. The Legislature could accept a collective bargaining agreement or reject it and require re-negotiation. The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee would be directed to conduct periodic performace reviews of the Authority.

Path to the ballot

  • The petition was filed on April 6, 2001 by Lars Hennum of Seattle, Deana Knutsen of Lynnwood, and Katrinka Gentile of Shoreline.
  • 304,327 signatures were submitted and found sufficient.

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