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2010 Announcements

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  • 07-01-2010 One Department, One Vision, One Mission, One Core Set of Values

The Department of Social and Health Services will be releasing a “One Department, One Vision, One Mission, One Core Set of Values” Strategic Plan for the 2011-2013 biennium. The Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will no longer have a “strategic plan” to report. Instead, ODHH has a “Business Plan” in connection with the DSHS strategic plan that explains what we will be doing for you in the next two years. You can download a copy of the business plan. Deaf-blind individuals can request a copy of the business plan in an alternative format. Please contact Eric Raff at if you have any comments or questions about the business plan.

  • 12-12-2010 Washington Telecommunication Relay Services FY10 annual report

The Washington Telecommunication Relay Services FY10 annual report is now available. The report includes information on TRS and CapTel services and outreach activities.   The FY10 annual report is available in PDF and Text.  To request a copy in Braille, please contact Steven Peck at, 360-586-8912 (TTY) or 360-339-7762 (VP)

  • 11-22-2010 Deaf-Blind Service Center

Dear Stakeholders,

The past several years, the State of Washington has experienced several budget cutbacks. Recently, Department of Services for the Blind has to eliminate funding from their proposed 2011-13 budget. DSB faced the difficult choice of identifying services that is not required by federal or state law and does not get federal funds. Unfortunately, one of the services identified was the DSB $240,228 contract with the Deaf-Blind Service Center and its Support Service Provider services.

The SSP service is essential to the safety, security and independence of the deaf-blind community. I am pleased to announce that DBSC and its services will continue under the Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. This would not have been possible without the support of LouOma Durand; DSB Executive Director and Susan Dreyfus, DSHS Secretary; Tracy Guerin, DSHS Chief of Staff along with few DSHS Senior Directors, and Angela Theriault, DBSC Board President and members of the Board of Directors. To these people, I’m grateful.

ODHH is currently working with Office of Financial Management and DSHS to include the proposal in the Governor’s budget to be released late December. The budget bill will have to go through the legislative process. In the meantime, ODHH will be working with DSB to transfer the responsibilities.

The current DSB contract will expire on June 30, 2011. I’m confident that ODHH will be able start a new 2-year contract with DBSC from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2013. Additionally, funding will be $250,000 annually for two years, totaling $500,000 for the biennium. Colleen Rozmaryn, well-known by the deaf-blind community, would become the contract administrator.

ODHH currently contract with DBSC to provide “Communication Facilitator” services, enabling deaf-blind to access video relay services. With this new role and capacity, I look forward to continuing the partnership with the Deaf-Blind Service Center in meeting the accessibility needs of the deaf-blind community.


Eric Raff, ODHH Director