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Developmental Disabilities Division

Department of Community and Human Services

Developmental Disabilities Division

Chinook Building
401 5th Avenue, Suite 520
Seattle, WA 98104

ddd@kingcounty.gov
Phone: 206-263-9061
Fax: 206-205-1632
TTY: 711 Relay Service

Department: Community and Human Services
Adrienne Quinn, Director

Answers to General Questions about Developmental Disabilities Services

How do I apply for Early Intervention - Child Development Supports for my infant or toddler?

    A number of Early Intervention (EI) providers serve King County. Each of these agencies provides eligibility determination, service coordination and EI services and supports for children birth to three years old. An organization called CHAP is your link to these centers. When you contact CHAP you will receive assistance in identifying the appropriate EI service provider with the resources and supports to address your child's needs. You can reach CHAP by phone at 206-284-0331 or Toll-free at 1-800-756-5437.

    Additional questions with answers are available on the Birth to Three FAQ page.

My child is three years old (or older) and has a disability. What services are available?

    If your child has a developmental disability (e.g., mental retardation, Autism, cerebral palsy) or if you think your child might have a developmental disability, contact the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) office at 206-568-5700 or 1-800-314-3296 to see if you are eligible for services.

    If you are not eligible for developmental disability services, contact the DSHS/DDA at 1-877-568-5502 to see what assistance may be available to help you.

What is the difference between the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities and the King County Developmental Disabilities Division?

    The DSHS/DDA is responsible for determining eligibility and authorizing paid services. The DSHS/DDA currently provides the following services and programs: case management, Medicaid Personal Care, residential services, residential habilitation centers, family support, dental, mental health, Voluntary Placement Foster Care program, and the Medically Intensive program. The DSHS/DDA administers services on a regional basis. Region 2 is the DSHS/DDA office that serves King County.

    The King County Developmental Disabilities Division (KCDDD) is responsible for providing employment and day program services. The KCDDD currently provides the following services: Early Intervention/birth-to-three, employment, community access, housing, in-home family counseling, social and recreational activities, information and assistance, advocacy, homelessness projects, and program development/technical assistance.

How can I get services from the King County Developmental Disabilities Division?

    You must be a client of the DSHS/DDA. Click here for eligibility information: Who We Serve

How do I apply for services from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities?

    Contact the DSHS/DDA office at 206-568-5700 or 1-800-314-3296 and ask for an application. Information will be taken over the phone and you will be asked to provide any available school or medical records that will assist in determining eligibility. Copies of other documents may be required and be aware that eligibility cannot be determined until all of the necessary information is available Download DSHS/DDA forms here (external). If you are a family with a child under three, application for DSHS/DDA eligibility determination for your child will occur as part of the Early Intervention Intake and Eligibility Process.

I need a case manager. How do I get one?

    Contact the DSHS/DDA office at 206-568-5700 or 1-800-314-3296 for individuals who are over age three. For children under age three, contact your EI Family Resource Coordinator.

I need to talk to my case manager. Who should I call?

    Contact the DSHS/DDA office at 206-568-5700 or 1-800-314-3296 for individuals who are over age three. For children under age three, contact your EI Family Resource Coordinator.

Where can I get answers to questions on housing?

Where can I get answers to questions about employment?