Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)

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A new Care Provider Bulletin on Aspiration has been released. More DDA Care Provider Bulletins.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health is not really the absence of mental illness but the presence of habits, attitudes, learning, people, and activity that supports meaning in our lives. This differs for each person. Get help in a crisis (call 911 for immediate help). Suicide prevention lifeline. Read the statistics about mental health. Share your story. Learn the warning signs of a mental illness.

DDA Waiver Amendment Public Comments Prompt Delay in Submitting Amendments: DDA posted proposed amendments to its five HCBS waivers for public comment from ­­­­January 16, 2019, to February 16, 2019.  DDA received numerous public comments. DDA is delaying submission of these waiver amendments while DDA and HCA continue their review of the comments. If there are any significant changes to the waiver amendments based on public comments, these waiver amendments will be posted for public comment before submission to CMS and stakeholders will have an opportunity to comment.

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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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