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DDA Transformation

The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) aims to transform policies and funding processes to create a flexible, person centered, family oriented system of supports so people can have full lives.

We are committed to doing business efficiently, effectively and professionally by strengthening the community and enhancing our service delivery across the state.

The DDA’s community-based service delivery systems includes various home and community-based services and supports provided through either a Medicaid State Plan or Waiver program or via DDA State funded services.

Our transformation will take some time as reflected in the projected timeline. With assistance and support of individuals, family members, and other stakeholders, the current system will transform into one that supports people with developmental disabilities to have full lives in the communities of their choice where they are included, participate, and are active citizens.

Transformation Information and Presentations:

Overview of DDA

People with developmental disabilities have the right to direct their lives and services. The DDA partners with people with developmental disabilities to provide support and resources to live fulfilling lives. The DDA is the primary State agency that funds community-based services and supports for people with developmental disabilities.

The DDA provides a coordinated service delivery system so that people receive appropriate services oriented toward the goal of full integration into their community. The DDA’s community-based service delivery systems includes various home and community-based services and supports provided through either a Medicaid State Plan or Waiver program or via DDA State funded services.

People receiving services through DDA also receive help from family members, community organizations, and other programs outside of the DDA. The DDA also administers two State Residential Centers (SRCs) and two Forensic Residential Centers (FRCs).

There is a great demand for funding for services from the DDA. The DDA currently is unable to meet all the requests so it established a Waiting List. The Waiting List is prioritized so that people with the greatest need are helped first. The DDA follows regulations to determine eligibility and priority category and placement on the Waiting List. People who apply to the DDA but do not need services within the next three years are placed on the Future Needs Registry.

Mission of the DDA

DDA partners with people with developmental disabilities to provide support and resources to live fulfilling lives.

Vision of the DDA

People with developmental disabilities will have full lives in the communities of their choice where they are included, participate, and are active citizens.

Goals of the DDA :

People with developmental disabilities…

  • direct their lives
  • have viable support options; and,
  • have information to make decisions in the following essential focus areas for community living:
    • Self-determination
    • Self-advocacy
    • Supporting families
    • Employment
    • Housing

The DDA Service Delivery System