Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)

Latest News

A new Care Provider Bulletin on Life Sustaining Equipment has been released. More DDA Care Provider Bulletins.

2018 Legislative Report: Overnight Adult Planned Respite

DDA 2019-2021 Strategic Plan released.

Five waiver amendments are available for 30 days of public comment.

Updated DDA Fact Sheets are now available.

2018 Legislative Report: Enhanced Respite Services for Children

Electronic Visit Verification: EVV is a federal requirement from the 21st Century Cures Act, passed by Congress in 2016. Section 12006 of the 21st Century Cures Act. States are required to have Electronic Visit Verification systems in place for personal care services by January 1, 2020.  EVV is being implemented first for Home Care Agencies and EVV for Individual Providers will be implemented with the Consumer Directed Employer.  More information.

Consumer Directed Employer: Starting in 2018, this multi-year process will establish a contract between the Department of Social and Health Services and a private entity to become the Consumer Directed Employer.  This entity will serve as the employer for Individual Providers of in-home personal care and respite in Washington state.  More information.

Spotlight on Services: Assistive Technology is one of the services DDA offers that can help individuals increase their independence and functional capabilities or can assist clients transition from institutional settings back into the community.  For more information on how to access this service please see the fact sheet. To request this service or to learn more, contact your case manager or submit an Information and Request Form.

More DDA News, Updates and Messages

What We Do

The DDA Mission: Transforming lives by providing support and fostering partnerships that empower people to live the lives they want. Read more about the 2019-2021 DDA strategic plan.

The DDA Vision:

  • Supporting individuals to live in, contribute to, and participate in their communities;
  • Continually improving supports to families of both children and adults;
  • Individualizing supports that will empower individuals with developmental disabilities to realize their greatest potential;
  • Building support plans based on the needs and the strengths of the individual and the family; and
  • Engaging individuals, families, local service providers, communities, governmental partners and other stakeholders to continually improve our system of supports. 

DDA Values:

  • Respect gained through positive recognition of the importance of all individuals;
  • Person-Centered Planning to support each person to reach his or her full potential;
  • Partnerships between DDA and clients, families and providers in order to develop and sustain supports and services that are needed and desired;
  • Community Participation by empowering individuals with developmental disabilities to be part of the workforce contributing members of society.

People with developmental disabilities and their families are valued citizens of the state of Washington. The Developmental Disabilities Administration strives to develop and implement public policies that will promote individual worth, self-respect, and dignity such that each individual is valued as a contributing member of the community.

The Residential and County Guidelines documents were used as the basis to create this single Developmental Disabilities Guiding Values document.

2018 DDA Caseload and Cost Report

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