EADS to move Issaquah services to Bellevue as a result of cuts
May 26, 2009
By Warren Kagarise
Elder and Adult Day Services will see the state reduce its Medicaid funding by 60 percent. Deep cuts could cause the organization to lose $86,000 per month in a worst-case scenario brought on by state cuts.As a result, the organization will close its Front Street center next month and begin operating its Issaquah programs from the EADS center in Bellevue. The shift will impact about 30 adults enrolled in the program, EADS officials said last week.
Programs will be shifted to the Bellevue location starting June 1. EADS will close the Front Street center June 30. Staffers will spend the month clearing the location.
EADS Development Director Cindy Sharek and Marketing/Public Relations Coordinator Leigh Warren said adult health services took the biggest hit in state healthcare cuts.
Additional cuts hit third-party organizations that provided transportation for people using EADS services.
Officials hope people who use the program whose benefits have been cut will be able to pay privately or find an alternative funding source, such as a family member.
EADS officials said the organization was not abandoning Issaquah, but rather retrenching as they weathered the economic downturn. Sharek and Warren said EADS long considered the Front Street space as a temporary location.
Organization officials plan to search for a more suitable space in which EADS could someday reopen an Issaquah center.
The existing center has served 274 people with chronic health conditions or developmental disabilities, according to EADS figures.
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