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. These guidelines are central to the Administration's purpose.
The DDA Commitment Statement was developed to describe our commitment to building a system of supports for people with developmental disabilities.
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DSHS Secretary Kevin Quigley announces appointment of Evelyn Perez as the Assistant Secretary of the Developmental Disabilities Administration. Read the press release.
Governor Inslee declares May 15, 2013 as Kinship Caregiver Day. For information about resources and supports for the more than 40,000 grandparents and relatives raising children in our state, go to DSHS’s Kinship Care website.