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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
Safe, healthy individuals, families, and communities To transform lives by creating partnerships that empower people
  • Respect
  • Person Centered
  • Collaborative Partnering
  • Empowering
  • Innovative

What's Happening


  • The Fircrest Contract Services webpage has moved to a new location – look for it under the Consumers and Families navigation link.
  • The DDA Caseload and Cost Data report is now available. Read the report.
  • The Developmental Disabilities Administration has published its 2013-2015 Strategic Plan. Read the report.

News You Can Use

  • DDA has published a status report on the Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) process. Click here to read the report.
  • In June 2013 a Community Summit was held in Ellensburg to focus on the employment of individuals with developmental disabilities. A report on that day has been published. Read the report.
  • You can now access the Community Inclusion Newsletters prepared by Service Alternatives Training Institute directly from the DDA website.  Click on the 'Consumers and Families' tab and then again on Community Inclusion Newsletters.