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.


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Latest News

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

The legislative session starts today, January 14, 2019!

January 14, 2019

The DD Ombuds will be active during the Washington state legislative session informing the legislature about the work of the DD Ombuds and the issues that affect individuals with developmental disabilities. The DD Ombuds set priorities for the 2019 session, they include: Identify and close gaps in mental health services for people with developmental disabilities.

“Stuck in the Hospital” Report Gains Traction

January 14, 2019

Check out the link below to hear from Kate Walters of KUOW about the latest on individuals with developmental disabilities in Washington being stranded at the hospital and what Washington State is doing to address the issue. Scroll down and play the second segment titled “Ombuds report on people with developmental disabilities”. KUOW Report

”Stuck in the Hospital” Report Published

December 14, 2018

In this report, the DD Ombuds describes its findings that individuals with developmental disabilities are dropped off and left at hospitals by service providers, after which their services are terminated. This has left many individuals at the hospital with no place to go for long periods, sometimes even months. This is a preventable problem. Have

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