Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)

Latest News

2/01/2023 Dan Thompson Memorial Community Services Account UpdatesThe DSHS’ Developmental Disabilities Administration and the Developmental Disabilities Council are excited to provide an update regarding the status of awardees and expenditures from the Dan Thompson Memorial Developmental Disabilities Community Services Account. 

To date, DDA has awarded just over $9 million on 35 executed contracts across the state. Four additional contracts are currently pending, and many more signed contracts are expected to be finalized later in the upcoming months.

“Each application is so unique, and we are very excited about the variety of supports and services across our state to meet gaps identified by our stakeholders,” said Debbie Roberts, DSHS Assistant Secretary for DDA.

1/23/2023 Informing Families Employment and Community Inclusion Services Bulletin

12/22/2022 Informing Families Winter Newsletter

12/20/2022 Governor's Proposed Biennial 2023-25 Operating Budget Released

12/05/2022 DSHS to close portion of Rainier School in Buckley




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What We Do

The Developmental Disabilities Administration is transforming lives by providing support and fostering partnerships that empower people to live the lives they want. The 2021-2023 Strategic Plan describes our work and expected outcomes to accomplish the mission.  

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 Developmental Disabilities Guiding Values encompasses our vision and values for inclusive communities.

For more information about our programs and services, see the 2022 Developmental Disabilities Administration Caseload and Cost Report.

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Our Mission and Values

  • Mission: Transforming lives by providing support and fostering partnerships that empower people to live the lives they want.
  • Vision: Support individuals by continually improving and individualizing supports, building support plans based on needs, and engaging individuals and families.
  • Values: Respect, Person-Centered Planning, Partnerships, Community Participation.
  • Guiding Values: Inclusion, Status and Contribution, Relationships Power and Choice, Health and Safety, Competence.
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