Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)

Latest News

03/15/2023 Waiver spots are available! -  The Developmental Disabilities Administration has 3 waivers with spots available!  The Individual Family Services, Basic Plus, and Core have waiver spots open.  If you or a family member is enrolled with DDA, they can request a waiver program at any time.  If the individual is already receiving a waiver service, but that specific waiver is not meeting their assessed needs, they may request a different waiver.  For more information about the waiver program, go to the Services and Information Request form, and contact your Case Resource Manager, Social Worker, or regional DDA office.  Visit for general information and for Service/Request Form.

03/08/2023 The Nation Loses a Disability Rights Leader with the Passing of Judith Heumann.

03/07/2023 Save the date: The Department of Social and Health Services Developmental Disabilities Administration is planning a special screening of the documentary “Unseen.” The film focuses on the lives of parents who are caring for children and adults with disabilities and complex medical needs. We will host a screening and panel discussion about the film from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 19. Watch for our official invitation with the location and RSVP details in an upcoming message.

03/07/2023 Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2023

02/15/2023 5 Draft Waiver Amendments available for review February 15 – March 16, 2023 - Home and Community Based Waivers (HCBS)

02/09/2023 Informing Families - Specialized Equipment and Supplies

2/08/2023 Informing Families -  Earned Tax Income Credit

2/04/2023 Informing Families - Employment and Community Inclusion Services

2/01/2023 Dan Thompson Memorial Community Services Account UpdatesThe DSHS’ Developmental Disabilities Administration and the Developmental Disabilities Council are excited to provide an update regarding the status of awardees and expenditures from the Dan Thompson Memorial Developmental Disabilities Community Services Account. 

To date, DDA has awarded just over $9 million on 35 executed contracts across the state. Four additional contracts are currently pending, and many more signed contracts are expected to be finalized later in the upcoming months.

“Each application is so unique, and we are very excited about the variety of supports and services across our state to meet gaps identified by our stakeholders,” said Debbie Roberts, DSHS Assistant Secretary for DDA.


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What We Do

The Developmental Disabilities Administration is transforming lives by providing support and fostering partnerships that empower people to live the lives they want. The 2021-2023 Strategic Plan describes our work and expected outcomes to accomplish the mission.  

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 Developmental Disabilities Guiding Values encompasses our vision and values for inclusive communities.

For more information about our programs and services, see the 2022 Developmental Disabilities Administration Caseload and Cost Report.

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Our Mission and Values

  • Mission: Transforming lives by providing support and fostering partnerships that empower people to live the lives they want.
  • Vision: Support individuals by continually improving and individualizing supports, building support plans based on needs, and engaging individuals and families.
  • Values: Respect, Person-Centered Planning, Partnerships, Community Participation.
  • Guiding Values: Inclusion, Status and Contribution, Relationships Power and Choice, Health and Safety, Competence.
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