Two women with disabilities petting a dog

The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) believes that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the right to direct their lives and services. This means they:

  • Are in control of their own lives. 
  • Make decisions about the services and supports they get, with help if they want it.
The DDA wants everyone to be able to live, love, learn, work, play in the community, and go after their hopes, dreams and goals. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and other community members help the DDA with this work. We support people to receive services based on what they need to reach their goals. The DDA believes supports and services must be person-centered, flexible, and focused on the needs and choices of each person and family. ​

There are two models of service delivery: the self-directed model and the traditional model. No matter what service option you are in, Coordinators of Community Services and DDA Advocacy Specialists are available to help you plan.​​​

The DDA coordinates the delivery of 29 different types of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These services are primarily available through the DDA's Medicaid Waiver programs​The DDA also operates the separate Low In​tensity Support Services (LISS) grant program for individuals not receiving other services from the DDA. ​

There are three (3) broad categories of DDA services. These are called Meaningful Day Services, Support Services, and Residential Services. All of the services available through both self-directed services and DDA providers are listed below, separated into these categories.​​ Detailed additional information is also available at the following links for Nursing Support Services and Clinical/Behavioral Services​.​​