News & Events

  • Part 6, “Last of the Institutions”

    In case you missed it, please click here to watch part 6 of the King 5 series, “Last of the Institutions”. This segment profiles two individuals, Christy Poe and Rick Serrette, who are living successfully and happily in the community. You can also go to the King 5 website to view other segments in the series, or to read documents that are referenced in the stories.

  • “Last of the Institutions”, part 5

    King 5’s latest installment of the series, “Last of the Institutions” is available for viewing here. This installment tells the story of Allen Walker, an individual with significant needs who is successfully supported in the community. It also covers the Olmstead Act and its various interpretations by lawmakers and advocates on both sides of the issue. Watch it, and share!

  • “Last of the Institutions”, part 4

    Last night King 5 aired the most recent installment of the series, “Last of the Institutions” — this one focusing on the cost difference between institutional placement and community placement. Watch it here  or go directly to King5’s website and look under the “Investigators” tab.


  • Need training on the new IISP standards? Here you go!

    DDA Quality Assurance staff is offering a series of state-wide trainings over the next 3 months to help residential providers get up to speed on the new standards for IISPs. Sandy Miller will be offering the following sessions:

    Bremerton, Dec. 7-8

    Tumwater,  Dec. 17-18

    Tacoma, Dec. 30-31

    Seattle,  Jan. 6-7

    Kent,  Jan. 14-15 and again on Jan. 19 and 22

    Bellingham, Jan. 26-27

    Kent, Feb. 18-19

    Seattle, Feb. 25-26

    To register yourself or staff (or to find out about other training opportunities), please click here to go to the DDA website.

  • Fourth installment, “Last of the Institutions” to air on Nov. 24th

    Coming up, the fourth installment of King 5’s series: “Last of the Institutions” will air tomorrow night, November 24, at 11 pm and then will repeat on Wednesday during the 5 pm broadcast. Watch it, and pass it on!

  • 2015 Developmental Disabilities Legislative Forum, Benton/Franklin Counties

    Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 6pm, at the Red Lion Inn in Pasco, WA: legislators from the 8th, 9th and 16th Districts will participate in an open forum for friends, family, and supporters of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Please participate if you have something to say! For more information on the event, go to Benton Franklin Parent Coalition’s Facebook page here.

  • “Last of the Institutions”, part 3

    The latest installment of KING 5’s project, “Last of the Institutions” will air tonight during the 11 pm news on KING. The same story will air on Thursday during the 5 pm news on KING. Watch here or go to the King 5 website and click on the “Investigators” tab.

  • King County Legislative, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

    The King County Board for Developmental Disabilities would like to invite you to its 26th annual community forum to present its 2016 Legislative Agenda. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 23, 2015, at the DoubleTree Guest Suites located at 16500 Southcenter Parkway in Tukwila. Registration, pictures, and socializing begin at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin promptly at 7 p.m. 


    All Legislators from King County and our Congressional delegation have been invited to attend. A large audience gives an important message to our Legislators.


    Families, individuals with developmental disabilities, and providers should attend this meeting because:

    • ·         you will hear issues concerning developmental disabilities and people sharing their stories;
    • ·         you will meet your Legislators and they will meet their constituents; and
    • ·         you will meet other individuals with developmental disabilities and families.


    What You Can Do:

    • ·         Please contact your Legislators and encourage their attendance. Legislators come when asked by their constituents. Your legislative district can be found on your voter registration card or online at: A roster of King County Legislators is on the reverse side of this letter.
    • ·         Plan to attend; your presence will make a difference.
    • ·         Encourage and invite other families, professionals, and friends to attend.


    Please contact Michaelle Monday at 206-263-9055 by November 13, 2015, to request interpreter services. If using interpreter services, please check in at the Interpreter table. We look forward to your participation.

  • “Last of the Institutions”, Part 2

    Last night, King 5 news aired its most recent installment in the series, “Last of the Institutions”. This particular story focuses on academic research that supports positive outcomes for people moving out of institutional settings and into community placements. It also speaks to the concerns of advocates for individuals living in Residential Habilitation Centers (RHCs) in Washington. This is a very important subject — please watch.


  • King 5 News Series — “Last of the Institutions”

    Starting November 2nd and continuing through the month of November, King 5 is running a series titled “Last of the Institutions”.   A variety of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who live in community settings will be profiled, and interviews will be aired with family members and guardians of individuals living in Washington RHCs.

    Stories will air on Monday nights in November on the 11 pm news broadcast, and will be re-run on the following day’s 5 pm broadcast. You can also find the stories on the King 5 website under the “investigators” tab, and the first story in the series is linked here.