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Rainier School

Picture of Rainier campus.

Rainier School is a habilitation center for individuals with developmental disabilities located within the city limits of Buckley, Washington about a mile-and-a-half from downtown. The campus is situated in a peaceful country setting with a unique and prominent view of Mount Rainier.

Rainier School's first residents arrived in October 1939 from what is now known as Lakeland Village. Then named Western State Custodial School, Rainier School was the only such facility in Western Washington. Resident population peaked in 1958 at 1,918. The facility was renamed Rainier State School in 1947 and then Rainier School in 1956.

Today, Rainier School's population is about 370 adults with a wide variety of abilities and needs. 24-hour residential care and specialized care or teaching is provided in the areas of work or vocational training, leisure activities, social relationships, and everyday life tasks. Programs and services are individualized and designed to enhance self-determination and maximize independence.

The Rainier School community includes:

Rainier School is an Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/ID) program certified by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Compliance with the ICF/ID regulations enables the state to obtain federal matching funds for this program. Facilities in this program are subject to regular, rigorous surveys to ensure quality care and treatment.