Informing the Legislature’s work to ensure safe, quality DD services

The Washington State legislature passed Senate Bill 6564 in 2016, out of concern for the health and well-being of people with developmental disabilities.  The bill created the Office of the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds (DD Ombuds).  The DD Ombuds program operates statewide to investigate, advocate, and report on services to people with developmental disabilities. The DD Ombuds focuses on resolving issues at the lowest level possible, through individual complaint resolution.  The program provides a range of services, including monitoring, information on rights and responsibilities, informal advocacy, and recommendations for changes in policy and procedures.