Developmental Disabilities Administration

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  • 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.

  • Note from Evelyn Perez: On June 30, 2015, our Community First Choice (CFC) State Plan Amendment was approved by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  In addition, the Basic Plus, Core, and CIIBS waiver amendments needed to implement the CFC program were also approved.  These approvals cap efforts that began in 2012 when Department policy staff first analyzed the proposed federal rules and began conversations with stakeholders and CMS analysts to determine if CFC would be the right fit for Washington.

    Since those initial conversations state staff, stakeholders, and Tribes have worked very hard to develop a CFC plan that offers flexibility and choice to program participants.  Throughout this time our partners at CMS, our colleagues at the Aging and Long Term Support Administration and our own DDA staff have collaborated and problem-solved together to design a program that retains the flexibility and client choice originally envisioned by the development and implementation workgroup and satisfies all federal requirements for approval.

    Today, I am delighted to add the Community First Choice program to DDA’s comprehensive array of services and supports and to offer this opportunity to our clients.  Please join me in celebrating this success and thanking all of our staff who have worked very hard to see this work through.

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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