About Developmental Disabilities Administration

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.

We Envision:

Vision Mission Values
Supporting individuals to live in, contribute to, and participate in their communities;

Continually improving supports to families of both children and adults;

Individualizing supports that will empower individuals with developmental disabilities to realize their greatest potential;

Building support plans based on the needs and the strengths of the individual and the family; and

Engaging individuals, families, local service providers, communities, governmental partners and other stakeholders to continually improve our system of supports. 

Transforming lives by providing support and fostering partnerships that empower people to live the lives they want.

Respect gained through positive recognition of the importance of all individuals;

Person-Centered Planning to support each person to reach his or her full potential;

Partnerships between DDA and clients, families and providers in order to develop and sustain supports and services that are needed and desired;

Community Participation by empowering individuals with developmental disabilities to be part of the workforce contributing members of society.

Strategic Goals

Developmental Disabilities Administration’s goal is to be the national leader in providing a safe, high-quality, array of home, community and facility-based residential services and employment supports. Read the DDA Strategic Plan. 

DDA is a partner in Governor Jay Inslee’s Results Washington, a focused effort to create an effective, efficient and accountable government. Under the Health & safe communities goal, DDA has lead responsibility for following two metrics.

  • 3.1.b Increase percentage of working-age adults with developmental disabilities in employment and day programs who are employed from 64% to 66% by 6/30/2015
  • 3.2.b Increase percentage of clients with developmental disabilities served in home and community based settings from 96.2% to 96.7% by 6/30/2015

Read more about Results Washington.