Braun bill to extend services for developmentally disabled young people receives governor’s signature

OLYMPIA… More young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have access to “School to Work” services under legislation signed today by the governor.

In areas where students with intellectual and developmental disabilities have access to such services, they are three times more likely to be employed when they leave the public school system at age 21. Sen. John Braun, prime sponsor of Senate Bill 5790, said the new law will extend those coordinated transition services into rural areas.

“The continued bipartisan support for our most vulnerable residents – people who, through no fault of their own, need these kinds of services – was one of the bright spots of this year’s legislative session,” said Braun, R-Centralia. “The goal of this new law is to make sure clients across our state have equitable access to these critical services, no matter where they call home.”

SB 5790 received unanimous support in the Senate and House of Representatives. The 2022 legislative session ended March 10. The new law will take effect June 9.