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

Who Ya Gonna Call?

June 1, 2018

A man, living his own apartment, suffered a medical crisis when his staff didn’t follow necessary procedures. His mother, who is also his legal guardian, repeatedly complained to the provider and the state about the problems. The Department of Social and Health Services issued citations to the agency in charge of training and supervising his

DD Ombuds: Building Bridges to Information

May 16, 2018

The DD Ombuds supports people to get connected with information and resources that can help them become more independent and happy. For some people it is connecting them with the correct services. The DD Ombuds has connected people with their guardians in order get equipment and needed supplies. In cases like this people with developmental

BREAKING: “Diverting Crisis” Systemic Report

May 9, 2018

The Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds (DD Ombuds) released its first report today on systemic issues which affect the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their communities. This report identifies significant gaps in developmental disability services. Specifically, it details situations where adults with developmental disabilities lose their housing because there are no, or not

DD Ombuds featured in the Justice Lunchbox!

May 9, 2018

The Office of the Developmental Disability Ombuds’ very own Lisa Robbe presented at the Justice Lunchbox hosted by the Center for Justice at the Magic Lantern Theater in Spokane. There, Lisa spoke for the first time to a social justice centered group about the DD Ombuds. The Justice Lunchbox is held every 3rd Wednesday of

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