Board for Developmental Disabilities & Committee Information
The Board for Developmental Disabilities is a 15-member citizen advisory board that provides oversight of community services for children with developmental delays, adults with developmental disabilities, and their families. The board develops plans for developmental disability services, advises on funding priorities, and advocates for increases in funding and improvements in services. Board members include family advocates, self-advocates, professionals and interested citizens. The board is recognized by RCW 71.A.14.020 and King County Code 2.32.020. If you are interested in joining the Board for Developmental Disabilities, please complete an application, get to know our Board members, and review our board Bylaws.
The Board for Developmental Disabilities meetings are scheduled on the first Wednesday of the month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Meetings are held in various locations, wheelchair accessible, and bus service information is available on METRO Trip Planner or by calling Metro at 206-553-3000.
Are you interested in working on issues or projects to positively impact individuals with developmental disabilities? Residents of King County including family and self-advocates, professionals, and members of the provider community are encouraged to attend and participate in discussions at the Employment Committee, Legislative Committee, and the King County Interagency Coordinating Council.
King County Interagency Coordinating Council (Birth-to-Three services) meets from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., on the 2nd Monday of odd months. The council does not meet in July and the November meeting is held on the first Monday. If you are interested in becoming a voting member with the King County Interagency Coordinating Council, please complete an application and review the KCICC Bylaws. Contact staff for location information.
Staff Contacts: Shukri Olow and Juliette Escobar.
Employment Provider meetings are scheduled for the fourth Tuesday of odd months from 9 - 11 a.m. at the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services located at 1700 E. Cherry Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room, Seattle.
Staff Contacts: Susy Stremel
Legislative Committee meets throughout the spring and summer to identify issues of importance for the Legislative Session and plan the annual Legislative Forum.
Staff Contacts: Magan Cromar and Holly Woo.
Board applications are currently being accepted. If you meet the requirements listed below, please complete an application.
Applicants must meet all of the following requirements:
Applicants must be interested in assisting individuals with developmental disabilities to access available services and integrate into and become full participants in their communities.
- Applicants must live in King County
- Applicants must not have a close relative already serving on the King County Board for Developmental Disabilities
- Applicants must not be a King County employee or on the staff or board of any agency that contracts with the King County Developmental Disabilities Division (A list of contract agencies is attached to the application)
- Applicants must be able to devote a minimum of ten hours a month to board activities, which includes attending monthly meetings of the full board and serving on at least one committee
Current members of the board will review all applications and interview potential candidates. They will forward recommended candidates to the Director of the Department of Community and Human Services. The Director will recommend applicants for appointment to the King County Executive. Recommended individuals are required to complete a financial disclosure form. The County Executive appoints members to the board, subject to the approval of the King County Council. Appointments are for terms of up to three years.
- Planning: Board members participate in developing and updating plans for developmental disability services that identify community needs and establish priorities for the allocation of available funds. The board encourages interested individuals and community organizations to participate in the planning process. Board members also participate in the planning and decision-making processes of other public organizations to ensure that the concerns of people with developmental disabilities and their families are articulated and addressed.
- Funding: Board members review the Developmental Disabilities Division's annual budget and advise on funding priorities.
- Advocacy: Each year, the board develops a legislative agenda, which is presented to the King County Executive and Washington State Legislators representing King County districts. Recommendations also take the form of letters of support or are conveyed directly through personal meetings with elected officials.
- Learn about the needs and supports for people with developmental disabilities and their families
- Attend and actively participate in board and committee meetings
- Serve on a least one committee of the board, read all materials in advance of meetings, and be prepared to participate in discussions
- Invite people with developmental disabilities, their families, and others to explore common concerns and to engage in respectful discussions when differences arise
- Be attuned to the community for information that may be of value to the work of the division and communicate the information to the board and/or staff
- Convey information about developmental disabilities to individuals and organizations in your own community
For additional information about the board, including membership contact: Jim Ott.