Developmental Disabilities Administration

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  • HCBS - Statewide Draft Transition Plan

    The Health Care Authority and the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) developed a statewide draft transition plan regarding the actions the state will take to come into, and maintain, statewide compliance with new Code of Federal Regulations regarding HCBS programs.  The statewide draft transition plan was posted on the ALTSA and DDA internet web sites on December 12, 2014 for a comment period that expired February 6, 2015. 

    At the end of the public comment period a final statewide transition plan was completed.  The final plan incorporates a summary of stakeholder comments and the department’s response to the comments.  This plan was submitted for approval to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on March 11, 2015.  The final plan is posted here.

    The statewide transition plan is now under review by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  Changes made as a result of the CMS review will be posted here when the review has been completed.  

    Progress updates on the milestones identified in the transition plan will be posted on this site by July 1 and December 1 each year. States must be in full compliance with the Federal requirements by the timeframe approved in their statewide transition plan, not to exceed March 17, 2019.

  • Public Comment period on 12 Draft Waiver Amendments: March 4th, 2015 through April 17th, 2015.  Send your comments by email or by mail to: Bob Beckman, Interim Waiver Services Unit Manager. To view a waiver amendment, click on the desired link below:

  • View the video on changes ahead for Personal Care and Community First Choice.
  • View the video on changes ahead for Individual & Family Services.

News You Can Use

  • A new report, NCI Performance Indicators: Evidence for New HCBS Requirements and HCBS Assurances, has been published. This is a crosswalk document between the HCBS waiver regulations and the NCI data indicators and offers guidance on how the NCI indicators can be used as a compliance measure with the new HCBS requirements and assurances. Click here to read the report.
  • DDA has published a status report on the Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) process. Click here to read the report.

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 Service Guidelines, issued in 1988, and the County Guidelines, issued in 1992, continue to support the Department's vision, mission, and core values. Both sets of guidelines were developed by a workgroup made up of consumers and their families, residential service providers, Counties and employment providers, advocates, and Administration staff.

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