Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)

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  • Legislative reports Community Respite Services for Adults and Enhanced Respite Services for Children have been shared with the legislature. They are also available on the DDA Reports page.
  • Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Individual Providers:  As of February 1, 2020, if you are a parent provider you will be required to get a current background check in order to continue providing services.

    Previously, some parent providers were exempt from background checks; however, state law requires a background check for all long-term care workers. RCW 74.39A.056 states:

    “All long-term care workers shall be screened through state and federal background checks in a uniform and timely manner to verify that they do not have a history that would disqualify them from working with vulnerable persons. The department must process background checks for long-term care workers and make the information available to employers, prospective employers, and others as authorized by law.”

    If you are a parent provider who does not have a current background check with the Aging and Long-Term Support Administration or DDA, you must complete one in 2020 at your next contract renewal or sometime between February 1 and December 31.

    You do not need to contact DDA staff to arrange for this background check. Contracts staff will contact you to complete a background check if needed.

    Frequently Asked Questions: Parent Provider Background Checks (PDF)

  • The 2019 DDA Quality Assurance Report is now available. This report represents a small sample of the quality assurance and improvement activities managed and measured by DDA during fiscal year 2019.

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What We Do

The Developmental Disabilities Administration is transforming lives by providing support and fostering partnerships that empower people to live the lives they want. The 2019-2021 Strategic Plan describes our work and expected outcomes to accomplish the mission.  

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 Developmental Disabilities Guiding Values encompasses our vision and values for inclusive communities.

For more information about our programs and services, see the 2019 Developmental Disabilities Administration Caseload and Cost Report.

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