Division of Developmental Disabilities: Analysis of How Services Are Prioritized
Report Type Final Report 
Date Published July 2007 
Publication Number 07-9 
ESSB 6386
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The 2006 Supplemental Operating Budget directed JLARC to review how the Department of Social and Health Services’ Division of Developmental Disabilities prioritizes and allocates services. This study analyzes the development of a new standardized assessment process and a case management information system, scheduled for implementation in June 2007 and March 2008, respectively. This study includes an update of the preliminary results of the Division's new Mini-Assessment process for clients who are not receiving paid services, initially addressed in an Interim JLARC Report in January 2007. This study also reviews statutes related to prioritizing and allocating services, as well as approaches to prioritizing and allocating services in other states.  The report recommends: 1) DSHS should report to the Legislature on implementation of the new standardized assessment process and case management information system by January 2009; 2) DSHS should establish a clear set of priorities for case managers to follow in assessing clients, and track the application of those priorities; and 3) DSHS should clearly distinguish its high level of need clients when communicating the results of the Mini-Assessment process.

Cynthia L. Forland, Ph.D., Analyst
Joy Adams, Analyst
Ruta Fanning, Project Manager

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Number of Pages 43 
Keywords Division of Developmental Disabilities, DDD, service, priorities, priority 
Category Human Services