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Rules & Laws

The Developmental Disabilities Administration operates according to the statutes established in the Revised Code of Washington, as interpreted by Washington Administrative Code.

Revised Code of Washington

The (RCW) are the statutes enacted and amended by the Legislature. The developmental disabilities statute is Chapter 71A RCW.

Washington State Administrative Code

State agencies adopt rules (also known as regulations) called Washington Administrative Code (WAC) to implement state and federal law. A regulation is an agency interpretation of a statute. Regulations are meant to clarify the law for the agency and the public and have the effect of law.