Outreach, Intake and Eligibility: DDA conducts outreach activities in the schools, neighborhoods, other government agencies and with community groups to inform and educate District residents about available services and supports. During the eligibility determination process for DDA services, the Intake and Eligibility services unit also assists applicants in finding other community resources and in making applications to other government and community services and resources.
Intermediate Care Facilites for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/ID): DDA manages admissions to an ICF/ID, defined by the District as a home where four to six individuals live requiring an institutional level of care, typically persons with significant medical support needs. ICF/ID homes are funded by the Medicaid program through DHCF and are licensed and certified by the Department of Health, Health Regulatory and Licensing Administration (HRLA).
Quality Management Program: DDA operates an on-going program of quality assurance and improvement over the District’s overall Developmental Disabilities Services system. DDA is responsible for implementing a comprehensive quality management system to ensure timely access to services, person-centered planning and service delivery, qualified providers, protection of rights and protection from harm, quality health outcomes, satisfaction with services and deterrence of fraud and abuse.
Provider Technical Assistance: DDA provides technical assistance to the provider network to help new providers navigate District requirements and business processes. In addition, DDA works with existing providers to help resolve problems, introduce new policy requirements, and support continuous quality improvement in provider performance. For information, contact the DDA Provider Resource Management Unit at 202-730-1760.
Person-Centered Planning: Person-centered planning is a process-oriented approach to empowering people with disability labels. The focus is on the people and their needs by putting them in charge of defining the direction for their lives, not on the systems that may or may not be available to serve them. Ultimately, this approach leads to greater inclusion as valued members of both the community and society.
Person-centered planning involves the development of a "toolbox" of methods and resources that enable people with disability labels to choose their own pathways to success; the planners simply help them to figure out where they want to go and how best to achieve their goals.
DDA is committed to building our community’s skills to engage in person-centered planning to assist the people we serve to achieve his or her goals.