Dan Thompson Advisory Committee

Update (1/21/2022): On January 20, 2022, the Developmental Disabilities Council approved a list of funding recommendations for the Dan Thompson Memorial Developmental Disabilities Community Services Account. You can access a full list of the recommendations by clicking here, a dashboard summary by clicking here, and a geographic map of the recommendations by clicking here. The Council will submit the recommendations to the Department of Social and Health Services in three batches: January 24th, January 31st, and February 7th. The Department of Social and Health Services will review the recommendations and make final decisions in accordance with the timeline on pages 10-11 of the interlocal agreement, which you can access by clicking here.

About the Dan Thompson Memorial Developmental Disabilities Community Services Account

The Dan Thompson Memorial Developmental Disabilities Community Services Account was created in 2005 after the death of Dan Thompson. He was an advocate, a Microsoft employee, and a person with a developmental disability. In 2020, the legislature passed Senate Bill 6190. The bill made some changes to how the account operates.

As of August 2021, there is about $55 million in the account. The legislature said they plan to put another $1 million in the account each year. $5 million of the current balance is from deposits between 2005 and 2021. The other $50 million came from federal funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021. The ARPA part of the account balance must be spent by the end of June 2023 and has some other requirements about how it is spent.

The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is required to get recommendations from the Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC) on how to spend the funding. The DDC created the Dan Thompson Advisory Committee to identify priorities and create an application process. DSHS will make the final decisions about which projects to fund. Organizations will be required to report on how the funding is being spent.

Apply for Funding

The first application deadline was on October 8, 2021. Please check back again for future opportunities to submit proposals.

Funding Requirements:

  • Funding proposals must supplement (not replace, supplant, or reduce) community-based supports and services.
  • Funding proposals must be one-time investments.
  • Funding proposals must benefit people who are eligible to receive services from the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA). This includes people who are currently receiving DDA services, as well as people who are on the No Paid Services (NPS) Caseload and not currently receiving DDA services.
  • Funding proposals must improve or enhance the Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) system.
  • Funds can be used for capital projects (e.g. building homes, buildings, etc.)

Other Factors: 

  • Priority consideration will be given to projects that do one or more of these:

The Fund Invests in:

  • Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities
  • Rural communities
  • Other historically marginalized or under-served communities
  • Use culturally responsive strategies. “Culturally responsive” means being respectful of other people’s cultures and learning from them.
  • Have strong sustainability plans for after the one-time funding is spent
  • Involve collaboration with other community partners


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