The below is an excerpt from the Washington State Democratic Platform, as passed by the elected delegates to the 2018 Washington State Convention, held in Wenatchee Washington on June 17th, 2018. You can find Resolutions passed by the WSDCC in the column to the right.
Compassionate human services are among the highest priorities of federal, state, and local government, especially in this time of greatly increased poverty, natural disasters, and income inequality.
“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members” – Mahatma Gandhi
We call for:
- An integrated, culturally competent, linguistically accessible human services network based on the needs of the individual, rather than the requirements of the service provider;
- Integrated health clinics in public schools that support the needs of the whole child
- Assuring that all people have access to safe and affordable housing, including emergency housing;
- Ending homelessness by meeting people’s varied needs;
- Helping working parents by fully funding services for people with quality affordable childcare, education, training, and medical and behavioral health care;
- Fully funding services for people with disabilities so they may reach their full potential;
- Programs that rehabilitate and reintegrate people into the community;
- Taxpayer-funded social services that cannot be conditional on faith-based requirements;
- Funding the State Supreme Court’s Braam decision regarding reduced caseloads and other requirements to protect children from abuse and neglect.