Become a Community Respite Provider

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Summer Programs, Parks and Recreation Departments, Community Centers, and Senior Centers can become a contracted Respite in Community Settings provider for clients of the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).

How it Works:

  • A Respite in Community Settings contract pays for respite 
 services, not tuition and fees.
  • Payment comes directly from DDA, rather than from the 
 individual or his/her family.
  • As a Respite in Community Settings provider, the cost of 
 your program will be paid as service hours by DDA.
  • The number of hours that DDA may authorize will be equivalent 
 to your program cost, but may not exceed the number of hours 
 of respite care provided.
  • Instead of receiving payment in advance, you will receive 
 authorization in ProviderOne from DDA that allows you to bill for 
 hours of service.

What to Do:

  • Call the contracts department at the DDA office nearest you 
 and ask if you may qualify for a Respite in Community 
 Settings contract. If eligible, set up a Respite in Community 
Settings contract. (See numbers below.)
  • The person’s DDA Case Manager will seek pre-approval 
 and enter an authorization in the payment system.
  • This authorization guarantees payment to you, billable as hours 
 served. Do not work unless there is a ProviderOne authorization 
 in place.
  • You will bill DDA for completed hours (up to every two weeks) 
 after the service has been delivered.

About Respite in Community Settings

Respite in Community Settings is an opportunity for DDA clients with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) to engage in fun activities with others in a community setting.

While integration is always encouraged, Respite In Community Settings can be specialized for clients with I/DD (Medicaid and Non-Medicaid recipients) when individuals prefer to participate in a specialized program.

Call to Get Started

Karen Potter: 509-329-2945
Yakima: Pamela Sander-Morgan: 509-225-4636

Seattle: Lyuda Kozlova: 206-568-5762
Everett: Gina Thomas 425-339-4840

Tacoma: Susan Winkler 253-404-5515
Tumwater: Luise Frank 360-725-4252


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