Complaint Line: 833–727–8900 Welcome to DD Ombuds!

 The Office of the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds (DD Ombuds) is a private, independent office focused on improving the lives of persons with developmental disabilities in Washington State.

The team is comprised of staff experienced in serving the needs of people with developmental disabilities. The Ombuds have offices in Seattle, Spokane and Olympia.

Other activities:

  • Provide information
  • Investigate complaints
  • Monitor procedures
  • Review facilities and residences
  • Conduct investigations
  • Recommend changes
  • Write reports

The mission of the DD Ombuds is to inform the Legislature’s work to ensure safe, quality DD services and improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

 

Man with Down syndrome types on keyboard in office

 

Latest News

DD Ombuds at the Washington State Legislature

March 22, 2019

The DD Ombuds have been tracking legislation that will impact the developmental disabilities community. The DD Ombuds is following our mission by informing the Legislature’s work to ensure safe, quality developmental disabilities services.  Some bills we are tracking: SB 5338 and HB 1422 which would modify RCW 74.34 to clarify definitions, give authority to Adult

ALTSA makes it Easy to Report Abuse and Neglect

February 22, 2019

The Washington State Aging and Long-Term Support Administration has updated their website. It is now easier for advocates and community members who want to report a concern about an individual with developmental disabilities. These can include abuse, neglect, financial exploitation, or other concerns, even if something just doesn’t seem quite right. Reports will be sent

How to contact legislators from your own home!

February 21, 2019

The 2019 legislative session is in full force. The snowy weather conditions have been making it hard for advocates to come to the Capitol. Here are other ways to reach you legislators without coming to the capitol. Track a bill: To track a bill online visit https://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/ You can enter in House bills or Senate

Spokane Ombuds participate in Youth Leadership Summit

January 29, 2019

People First of Washington has a youth leadership program called Student First, where individuals with disabilities learn advocacy and life skills. Leaders and experts from the community such as Brian Nichols of Spokane County speak to the Student First membership at their yearly conference in Spokane. There, the students learn important information about transitioning to

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