SAO DDD portfolio

State Auditor’s Office

Developmental Disabilities in Washington Performance Audit

BERK, in collaboration with the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI), conducted a performance audit of the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Program (DD Program). The audit explored two primary questions: (1) Does Washington’s DD Program provide effective services and supports for people with developmental disabilities? and (2) What steps could the State take to improve its ability to provide effective services and supports for people with developmental disabilities? This comprehensive audit involved quantitative data collection and analysis, and stakeholder engagement, including interviews and focus groups. Recommendations focused on opportunities to make the Program more equitable by serving more people and improving the service provided through changes in policy and practice.