Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)

Latest News

10/15/2021 - The DDA 2021 Caseload and Cost Report is now available.

10/18/2021 - 2021-23 STRATEGIC PLAN SPOTLIGHT: DDA During the 2021-23 biennium, which spans the timeframe of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023, DSHS will be focusing on one spotlight per month throughout the agency. Last month we focused on BHA, specifically around decreasing the number of patient-to-staff and patient-to-patient injuries at WSH by 50% by June 2023. If you haven’t had an opportunity to check that out, you can take a peek here.

For the month of October, the spotlight moves to our Developmental Disabilities Administration. DDA is featuring success measure 4.4.2: Ensure all clients enrolled in the Enhanced Case Management Programs receive a visit from a DDA case resource manager at least once every four months. Maintain percentage of clients visited at 99.3% and evaluate the effectiveness of authorized services and assessed support needs from July 2021 to June 2023. This measure shows how we serve people in their home community, one of DSHS’s six strategic priorities. In this spotlight, you will hear how the Enhanced Case Management Program in DDA is continuing to serve people in their home community. A deeper look into the spotlight can be found here.

10/11/21 - DDA Quarterly Message, Fall 2021: As you can imagine, we have continued supporting and engaging with more than 48,000 DDA clients statewide. Our mission is clear and does not waiver - we transform lives by providing support and fostering partnerships that empower individuals to live the lives they choose. This includes listening and engaging with our working partners - you. Your input and engagement in the work is valuable and necessary to develop services and supports that are meaningful. 

10/7/2021 - 2022 Community Summit Mark your calendars! DSHS’ Developmental Disabilities Administration recently announced that planning is underway for the 2022 Community Summit. The conference will again be offered as a virtual event, featuring a series of 10 webinar sessions in May and June of 2022. Please see the attached document for details. We look forward to seeing you at Community Summit 2022!

10/05/2021 - New funding available for projects that benefit developmentally disabled people

09/17/2021 - Five waiver amendments were approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid on September 16, 2021, with an effective date of October 1, 2021

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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 2020 Developmental Disabilities Administration Caseload and Cost Report.

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For more information about our programs and services, see the 2021 Developmental Disabilities Administration Caseload and Cost Report.