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: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/dda/consumers-and-families/waiver-program
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 http://informingfamilies.org/ifs-waiver-services/. 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.
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.