DDA Messages

Below are DDA-related messages from the last six months, sorted by topic.  Sign up for GovDelivery to receive these updates via email; please see the GovDelivery tutorial (PDF) for more information.  DSHS press releases are also available for review.

Emergency Alerts


08/25/2023 Sharing Information: Washington State Emergency Prep

08/18/2023 Shape the future of DSHS's Developmental Disabilities Administration

08/14/2023 Settings Requirements

08/10/2023 Sharing Information: Extreme Heat

08/08/2023 Voice Signature

08/08/2023 Did You Know? Learning about services- Person-Centered Plan Facilitation

08/04/2023 Sharing Information from OSPI: Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

07/26/2023 Americans with Disabilities Act 33 Year Anniversary

07/26/2023 Information Management System to Database 2 Conversion

07/24/2023 We want to hear your input for our next Assistant Secretary

07/18/2023 Sharing Information from DOH: 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, one-year anniversary

07/13/2023 Dan Thompson Memorial Community Services Account Update (July 2023)

07/11/2023 Final Reminder: Share your interest in services with our No-Paid Services caseload survey by July 31, 2023

07/10/2023 Free Benefit and Housing Review is available to DDA Clients

07/03/2023 Care Provider Bulletin: Water Safety Outdoors

06/28/2023 Respite and Stabilization Survey Live Now—We need your input!

06/13/2023 Sharing Information: Department of Children, Youth, and Families - Parent Advisory Group Recruitment

06/12/2023 Sharing information from DOH: Wildfire smoke forecasted to impact Washington again this season

06/05/2023 Reporting Abuse

06/02/2023 Putting Vision into Action: Annual Quality Assurance Report

06/02/2023 Care Provider Bulletin: Urinary Tract Infections

05/26/2023 Sharing Information: Webinar on Addressing Sexual Assault Against People with Disabilities

05/16/2023 2023-25 Operating Budget Highlights for DSHS DDA Stakeholders

05/16/2023 2023 DDA Housing Survey

05/13/2023 Sharing Information: National Weather Service Excessive Heat Watch Issued this Weekend for Washington State

05/12/2023 Overnight Planned Respite Services New Site Announcement

05/09/2023 State agencies partner to create a vision for streamlined services

05/04/2023 May is Mental Health Awareness Month

04/13/2023 2nd Substitute House Bill 2008 Project Update

04/12/2023 Get your tickets to our premiere of UNSEEN!

04/12/2023 Announcing the 2023 Community Summit: A Decade of Community

04/04/2023 Get your tickets to our premiere of UNSEEN!

03/31/2023 Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans for dual eligible (Medicare and Medicaid) clients

03/31/2023 Client-Directed Assessment Options

03/30/2023 Documentary “UNSEEN: How We’re Failing Parent Caregivers & Why It Matters,”

03/27/2023 Peer Mentor Project Contract Solicitation

03/23/2023 A message from the Interim Assistant Secretary

03/08/2023 The Nation Loses a Disability Rights Leader with the Passing of Judith Heumann

03/07/2023 March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

03/06/2023 A message from Secretary Meneses


Provider Information

08/11/2023 Updated Integrated Settings Requirements

08/10/2023 Statewide Provider Meeting Frequently Asked Questions

06/30/2023 Updated integrated settings requirements

06/20/2023 DDA Community Residential Services Providers in need of 40-hour CORE trainers

06/13/2023 Anticipated Changes to Temporary Rate Increase July 1, 2023

05/22/2023 Companion Home Room and Board Agreement

05/11/2023 Statewide Provider Meeting Frequently Asked Questions

04/03/2023 Free Online Continuing Education Credits for 2023

03/09/2023 Certified Community Residential Change of Ownership

03/08/2023 Temporary Policy Changes for Direct Support Professionals' Qualifications Related to COVID-19

03/1/2023 Are you, or a family member, living with memory loss or dementia?

03/1/2023 Functional Assessment and Positive Behavior Support Plan online training modules have been temporarily reposted


Trainings and Events

08/11/2023 Training Opportunity: Community Protection Program Policy Changes

08/07/2023 Training Opportunity for Residential Providers and DDA Staff: Updated Policies

07/18/2023 Free Continuing Education Credits for 2023

07/14/2023 Training Opportunity for Residential Providers and DDA Staff: Updated Policies

06/29/2023 Training Opportunity: Individual Instruction and Residential Quality Assurance Training 2.0

03/27/2023 Free Training Opportunity: Brain-based Time Management II

03/06/2023 American Sign Language support needs for clients living in Adult Family Home settings