The Washington Legislature has a chance to revisit a decision of significance to the Yakima Valley. A change of heart and mind would be good news for the Valley and to guardians of the developmentally disabled.
Sen. Jim Honeyford has filed a bill that would reverse a 3-year-old plan to slim down the Yakima Valley School, a Selah residential facility that provides respite care services for developmentally disabled adults. Back in 2011, there was talk that the school could close altogether as the state, mired in a deepening fiscal crisis, acceded to a philosophical move from residential institutions to community-living facilities. In fact, a similar center in Bremerton did close.