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Justice Lunchbox: Developmental Disabilities Ombuds

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Bring lunch and join us for a fascinating discussion with Lisa Robbe, the Regional Ombuds of the Office of Developmental Diabilities Ombuds for a discussion of "What is the Office of Developmental Diabilities Ombuds?" The discussion will cover the history of the office and its authority to address justice issues in our communnity.
Lisa Robbe is a passionate advocate for people with developmental disabilities. Her career in advocacy began in 1991. Over the next two decades, she served as the founder and director of two private Medicaid provider agencies in Idaho, held leadership positions with provider organizations and worked to enhance training for direct care staff. Lisa also served on Idaho’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, as a board member for Idaho’s Parent Training Institute, and as a Positive Behavior Supports trainer for hundreds of direct care staff for the State of Idaho.

In 2012, Idaho made drastic cuts to Medicaid that ended many services for people with developmental disabilities. Lisa spent time advocating at the legislature and helping people and their families access due process hearings, but nearly all of the proposed cuts went through. This experience motivated her to obtain her law degree and gain additional advocacy skills.

Originally from Northwest Montana, Lisa has her BA in Sociology from the University of Montana and a Master of Public Administration from Boise State University. Lisa graduated cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2016 and is licensed to practice law in Washington. She was hired by DRW in 2017 as a Regional Ombuds based in the Spokane office.