Bill could let Selah care facility accept new patients

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A Senate bill introduced this week could let a Selah facility that works with disabled patients help more people.

The bill, introduced by Sen. Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside, would allow the Yakima Valley School begin accepting new patients for the first time in more than two years.

In 2011, cutbacks kept the facility from adding any new patients, though people who lived there were allowed to stay.

The proposal would apply only to Yakima Valley School, not to other similar residential care facilities in the state.