Washington: Health & Disability Programs

Washington Department of Health’s Asthma Program
The Asthma Program is involved in several activities, including a coordinated school health program which brings together school administrators, teachers, other staff, students, families, and community members to assess health needs, set priorities, and plan, implement, and evaluate school health program activities. The Asthma Program has also begun an asthma home visits project with a Washington tribe.
101 Israel Road SE
Tumwater, WA 98501
(360) 236-4030
Washington Department of Health’s Diabetes Prevention and Control Program
The Diabetes Program provides funding and advice to four Activate America programs in YMCAs across the state to include diabetes prevention programs in the community which stress the importance of making lifestyle changes, such as eating healthier and becoming more physically active. The program also provides support to workshop leaders and organizations offering the program, The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, an interactive, six-week workshop led by professional trainers in community settings for people with chronic health problems.
111 Israel Rd SE
Box 47855
Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 236-3799
Washington Department of Health’s Maternal and Child Health, Children with Special Health Care Needs Program
Projects that are supported by the Children with Special Health Care Needs Program include a state autism awareness implementation grant from the federal Department of Health and Human Services; “Epilepsia en Washington: Improving Access to Care for Children and Youth,” a federal grant aimed to improve community-based services for children and youth with epilepsy, focusing on medically underserved and rural areas of central Washington; a Washington Integrated Services Enhancement Grant, a federal grant to improve statewide systems for children with special needs and their families; the Medical Home Leadership Network, which strives to create more medical homes for children in Washington; the provision and support of training and technical assistance to providers; Children with Special Health Care Needs Assessment, which uses data about children with special health care needs to improve statewide services; birth defects surveillance; nutrition and feeding team services, contracted through the University of Washington Center on Human Development and Disability; the Adolescent Health Transition Project, contracted through the University of Washington Division of Adolescent Medicine; and Family Leadership, which involves families of children and youth with special health care needs as decision-makers in program planning and policy development.
111 Israel Road SE
Tumwater, WA 98501
(360) 236-3502
Washington Department of Services for the Blind (DSB)
DSB helps children and adults with visual disabilities and their families by providing them with counseling, referral, and adaptive skills training, as well as information on adjusting to vision loss, finding and keeping a job, resources available to families, and recreation activities and summer programs for children with visual disabilities. Another function of DSB is working with employers by educating them on issues surrounding employing people with visual disabilities.
3411 South Alaska Street
Seattle, WA 98118
Washington Department of Social and Health Services’ Aging and Disability Services Administration (ADSA), Adult/Senior Services and Information
ADSA provides general information on the types of services and programs available regarding in-home care, residential care, adult family homes, boarding homes, nursing homes, short-term nursing home stays, retirement communities/independent living facilities, and continuing care retirement communities, and where to find these types of facilities in the local area.
P.O. Box 45130
Olympia, WA 98504

Washington Department of Social and Health Services’ Aging and Disability Services Administration, Division of Developmental Disabilities
Services provided to eligible clients with developmental disabilities and their families include case management; adult family homes; alternative living services; the DDD Community Protection Program, which provides  24-hour supervision for clients identified as posing a risk to their community due to the crimes they have committed;  companion homes, which provides individualized residential services and supports in an adult foster care model in an approved family residence; Early Support for Infants and Toddlers, which provides early intervention services (from birth to age 3); employment and day program; group homes; home and community based services waivers; individual and family services program; intermediate care facilities; Medicaid personal care; medically intensive children’s program, which provides in-home private duty nursing services and medical equipment to eligible children with medically intensive needs; the mental health program, which provides therapeutic services to adult DDD clients who have mental health concerns and may be at risk of psychiatric hospitalization; professional services such as nursing, therapeutic services, behavior management or counseling, and medical and psychiatric evaluations; residential habilitation centers; the State Supplementary Payment (SSP) Program for the purchase of residential, respite, therapy, and other necessary services; supported living services, which provide instruction and support to persons who live in their own homes; State Operated Living Alternatives (SOLA); and a voluntary placement program, which offers supports to eligible children living in a licensed setting outside the family home, when the placement is due to the child’s disability.
640 Woodland Square
Lacey, WA 98503
(360) 725-3413
Washington Department of Social and Health Services’ Aging & Disability Services Administration (ADSA), Living Well with Chronic Conditions in Washington State
On the “Living Well with Chronic Conditions in Washington State” website, ADSA provides links to various evidence-based healthy aging and chronic disease self-management programs, including “The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program” (CDSMP) developed at Stanford University to help people with chronic health conditions live healthier lives; “Enhance Fitness/ Enhance Wellness” which emphasizes personal wellness goals; “A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls,” which outlines strategies to reduce fall risk fear while increasing activity levels; “Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives for Seniors,” a counseling program that teaches depression management techniques to seniors with depression; and Tomando Control de su Salud, the Spanish-language version of CDSMP.
P.O. Box 45600
Olympia, WA 98504
(360) 725-2562
Washington Department of Social and Health Services’ Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery
Services provided include acute mental health care; county mental health crisis lines; Certified Evaluation and Treatment Facilities; local mental health services; an alcohol/drug help line; a link to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline; and a link to Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling, a private non-profit organization offering programs and services for problem and compulsive gambling in Washington.
P.O. Box 45130
Olympia, WA 98504 
Washington Department of Social and Health Services’ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
DVR provides employment services and counseling to individuals with disabilities who want to work but face barriers to work. DVR services may include counseling and guidance, counselors for the deaf and hard of hearing, benefit planning, assessment services, independent living services, assistive technology services, training and education, job-related services, and Project HIRE, which strives to place VR eligible individuals in full-time mid-to-high range wage jobs with benefits.
4565 7th Avenue SE
Lacey, WA 98503
(360) 725-3636
Toll-free 1-800-637-5627