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Developmental Disabilities Administration

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.

Vision Mission Values
We envision:

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; and

Innovation to create services and supports that meet the needs of those individuals DDA serves.

What's Happening


News You Can Use

  • A new report, NCI Performance Indicators: Evidence for New HCBS Requirements and HCBS Assurances, has been published. This is a crosswalk document between the HCBS waiver regulations and the NCI data indicators and offers guidance on how the NCI indicators can be used as a compliance measure with the new HCBS requirements and assurances. Click here to read the report.
  • DDA has published a status report on the Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) process. Click here to read the report.