Developmental Disabilities Administration

Latest News


  • There's a new way for individual providers of personal care to get paid. It's called Individual Provider One, and it's coming on January 1, 2016.  Informing Families Building Trust has created a short video about Individual Provider One, viewable here.
  • In the 2015-2017 biennium budget, the state legislature provided funding to develop 8 enhanced respite beds for children and 8 planned respite beds for adults. Referenced is the current request for letters of interest to contract for these services, with services anticipated to begin by January 2016. These services are being intentionally developed throughout the state with statewide availability to access in order to minimize travel, especially for those in rural areas, while maximizing utilization of this service.  Requests for letters of interest can be seen here: Adult Planned Respite; Childrens' Enhanced RespiteDeadline for letters of interest is November 13, 2015.
  • 3 Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver Amendments Available for Public Comment: October 21, 2015 through November 21, 2015
    DDA has 3 HCBS Waiver Amendments which are now available for 30 days of public comment. Following the comment period DDA will review all comments received, make any appropriate changes to the waiver amendments based on the comments received and submit the waiver amendments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

    One waiver amendment increases capacity on the Individual and Family Services (IFS) waiver by 4,000 individuals, as directed by the Washington State Legislature, and adds information about the ProviderOne payment system for individual providers which will start on January 1, 2016. Another IFS waiver amendment will add Wellness Education to the IFS waiver. Wellness Education will provide participants with monthly individualized printed educational materials designed to assist the participant in managing health related issues. The third waiver amendment adds 1,000 participants to the Basic Plus waiver. For information on how to comment on these waiver amendments, and to view copies of the waiver amendments, please click on this link:

  • Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities
    The UW Certificate in Developmental Disabilities prepares graduate students and community professionals in health, education, behavioral and other related fields to develop greater knowledge and skill recognizing and meeting the unique needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Learn more...

  • Informing Families Building Trust is helping DDA get the word out:  Individual & Family Waiver Services (IFS) and IFS waiver expansion is here! You can find information on changes to the IFS program by going to  These changes may have an impact on the volume of calls that regional offices will receive but the website has highlighted that funding for these changes are available through June 2017.

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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