Developmental Disabilities Administration

Latest News

  • DDA is looking for feedback about how the Basic Plus, Core, Community Protection and Children’s Intensive In Home Behavior Support Waivers are working for enrolled participants.  Please provide feedback using this brief client survey or DDA staff / DDA provider survey.
  • The Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) is a special set of requirements to make sure individuals with intellectual disabilities and related conditions (ID/RC)are not put in nursing facilities against their preferences if they can safely live with support somewhere else in the community.


    PASRR also ensures that individuals with ID/RC who live in nursing facilities receive the "specialized services" they need to learn skills and increase their independence.  Dunakin. v. Patricia Lashway and Dorothy Teeter, NO. 2:14-cv-00567-JLR, involves PASRR screening, evaluation, and services for private nursing facility residents within Washington State. 
    The parties have reached an agreement in this case to improve PASRR Level I screening and Level II evaluations, as well as to make sure residents can get recommended services in the right settings. More details are available at the Disability Rights Washington website.
  • The Individual and Family Services Waiver (IFS) is now enrolling!  Assistant Secretary of DDA Evelyn Perez explains what IFS is in this short Youtube clip.

  • The Developmental Disabilities Administration, in partnership with the Aging and Long Term Support Administration, has developed a new advanced skills training track for in-home care providers.

  • New information is available for families of individuals with intellectual disabilities or related conditions who have been referred for nursing facility care.  View the PASRR For Families flyer.

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 DDA strategic objectives.

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.

2016 DDA Caseload and Cost Report.

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