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

King5 Reports on Stuck In the Hospital

May 9, 2019

The Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds began investigating complaints about individuals with disabilities who were stuck in a hospital without a medical need, and late last year we wrote a report on the issue, that you can read here. DD Ombuds Hospital Report Now, the issue has been covered by King5’s own Susannah Frame, who

Learn about Disability Rights Washington’s Rights Investigation & Accountability program

April 9, 2019

Do you have trouble understanding Social Security benefits? Do you understand your money situation? Is something going wrong with your representative payee? Disability Rights Washington as a program to help individuals with disabilities keep their rights to make personal and financial decisions, and to make sure people who are assisting them are doing so in

DD Ombuds Attends King County Transition Resource Fairs

March 29, 2019

The Region 2 DD Ombuds, Andrea and Beth, had information tables at 2 School-to-Work Transition Fairs in King County in March 2019. The fairs were for students with developmental disabilities, their families, caregivers, teachers, agencies, and employers. There were representatives from over 40 organizations at the fairs to provide information to the students, their families,

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

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