Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)

Latest News

  • March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month:  In 1987, President Ronald Reagan made a public proclamation - dedicating the month to increasing public awareness of the needs and potential of Americans with developmental disabilities.  The goal is the same today and also focuses on the importance of inclusion and living life side-by-side.  This year’s theme is “See Me for Me!”
    The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, and the National Disability Rights Network are asking people to share their stories, photos, and resources far and wide to expand the conversation of inclusion and accessibility.
    What does inclusion mean to you?  That’s the question posed to people with and without disabilities in this video by Informing Families to celebrate National Developmental Disabilities month.

    Share stories, photos, and videos that expand the conversation of inclusion and disability on your social media channels using #DDawareness18!

  • Supported Living & Group Home Interview Results: In 2017, DDA conducted interviews as part of measuring the quality of residential services.  A random sample of 351 individuals receiving supported living and group home services were asked questions relating to their satisfaction and experience.  A similar survey was sent to a sample of guardians for people receiving supported living and group home residential services. Read the full survey results.
  • Morningside became the first organization to receive the DSHS Practice Transformation Award (YouTube) during a ceremony at its Olympia headquarters January 24. For more than 50 years, Morningside has worked to change the lives of individuals with disabilities by matching their skills and interests with jobs in the community. President Jim Larson credits his staff for providing a crucial link between people with disabilities who want to work and employers. 
  • “My Page” is ready for use! The new tool – My Page –a document created to help our clients with developmental disabilities communicate with their case resource managers, is now available for use.   (Download the My Page PDF.)
    My Page is a one-page profile for clients to complete about their personal wants, desires and goals to get the most out of their person-centered assessments. Information supplied in the My Page profile can result in clearer, and more personalized discussions between clients and their case resource managers.
     Using My Page is not mandatory, but it is strongly encouraged. My Page has the ability to help engage conversation, save time and enhance the overall person-centered assessment process.
  • DDA Reports to the Legislature are now available: DDA Adult Respite 2018 and DDA Children’s Respite 2018
  • Following surveys by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (the federal agency that regulates our Residential Habilitation Centers), on Dec. 19, 2017, we were issued two letters decertifying units within the Fircrest and Rainier schools. The letters include instructions for appealing and the opportunity to work with the agency on a 12-month agreement to come into compliance with their federal requirements.

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 and County Guidelines documents were used as the basis to create this single Developmental Disabilities Guiding Values document.

2017 DDA Caseload Information |  2017 DDA Caseload and Cost Report

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