Council Activities

Home & Community-Based Services QA Advisory Committee

Visit Program Website
On this page:
IntroductionProgram UpdatesAboutMembersMeetings

Join DDC!

There are many ways to become involved with council activities, from joining council, attending a meeting, or becoming involved in advocacy.

Contact Us


Our Purpose

To provide oversight and guidance for the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) administered by the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).

Upcoming Meetings

HCBS QA Sept. 2024 Advisory Committee Meeting

September 11, 2024

Meeting AgendaMeeting HandoutMeeting Notes
HCBS QA Dec. 2024 Advisory Committee Meeting

December 11, 2024

Meeting AgendaMeeting HandoutMeeting Notes

About this Program

Advisory Committee Charter

Governing Language:

The Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council sponsors the quarterly Home and Community Based Services Quality Assurance Advisory Committee. This committee includes:

  • Self-advocates
  • Family members
  • Providers
  • Community advocates and
  • Developmental Disabilities Administration staff who represent the viewpoints, needs and desires of people who use home and community-based services.

Washington State is required by federal rule to obtain and use feedback from people who:

  • Use services provided by the Developmental Disabilities Administration
  • Their representatives
  • Providers of services
  • Other members of the community.

The Home and Community Based Services Quality Assurance Advisory Committee is one way Washington State obtains valuable feedback from people who use services provided by the Developmental Disabilities Administration.

The Developmental Disabilities Administration has three programs that offer home and community-based services:

The Community First Choice program uses the Home and Community Based Services Quality Assurance Advisory Committee to:

  • Work with stakeholders to find ways of improving the Community First Choice program by identifying problems and potential solutions
  • Report on its quality assurance progress
  • Follow CFR 42 §441.585 quality assurance system.

The 5 Home and Community Based Services Waivers use the Home and Community Based Services Quality Assurance Advisory Committee as described in an approved waiver application for:

  • Open and ongoing discussion between stakeholders and the Developmental Disabilities Administration  
  • Obtain ideas on how to offer services in the best way
  • Monitor and talk about how the waiver program is working for those receiving services and
  • Come up with ideas about how to make waiver services better meet the needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Convened by the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council


People with developmental disabilities, family members, advocates, advocacy organizations, providers, representatives of DDA and other state agencies

Meeting frequency and format:

The committee meets quarterly, with the provision for sub-committees and/or additional meetings as needed. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the committee has met virtually by Zoom and may choose to reinstate in-person meetings at a later date.


  • Share updates and discuss pertinent topics
  • Track quality assurance outcomes and other key indicators
  • Give feedback on program development and changes
  • Make recommendations for implementing, monitoring, and improving HCBS programs
Visit Program Website


HCBS QA Council Membership

  • Aaron Morrow, Community Advocate    
  • Amal Grabinski, CRSA    
  • Ann Vasilev, Developmental Disabilities Administration    
  • Anna McEnery, Jefferson County
  • Aaron Dickson, Community Employment Alliance
  • Arzu Forough, Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy    
  • Autumn Chancellor, Arc of Snohomish County    
  • Betty Schwieterman, Developmental Disabilities Ombuds    
  • Brandi Monts, Developmental Disabilities Council    
  • Chelsi Edinger, Health Care Authority
  • Darci Ladwig, Informing Families Coordinator and Parent
  • Debbie Chapman, Informing Families Coordinator
  • Dee Dee Garman, Grays Harbor County
  • Diane Larsen, Family Mentor Project
  • Helen Black, Community Advocate    
  • Jaime Bond, Developmental Disabilities Administration    
  • Jamie Sigesmund, Seattle Children's Hospital    
  • John Lemus, AtWork 
  • Kathleen Donlin, Health Care Authority    
  • Katie Omri, Washington Autism Alliance and Parent
  • Katrina Davis, Seattle Children's Hospital and Parent    
  • Lance Morehouse, Sherwood Community Services    
  • Les Parker, ResCare    
  • Linda Hyatt, Community Advocate and Parent
  • Lisa Robbe, Developmental Disabilities Ombuds    
  • Lucas Doelman, Community Advocate    
  • Melissa Randles, Developmental Disabilities Administration
  • Michelle Williams, Parent to Parent and Parent
  • Paul Davis, Health Care Authority    
  • Rainee Selby, Seattle Children's Hospital    
  • Resa Hayes, People First of Washington    
  • Hillary Spears, Arc of King County    
  • Sandi Gruberg, Pierce County Coalition for Developmental Disabilities and Parent  
  • Stacy Dym, Arc of Washington State    
  • Teresa Boden, Developmental Disabilities Administration    
  • Tracie Hoppis, Yakima Valley Children's Village    
  • Tracy Kapp, Community Advocate
  • Valerie Kindschy, Developmental Disabilities Administration

Program Updates

No Program Updates at this time.

Past Meetings & Materials

HCBS QA June 2023 Steering Committee Meeting

Meeting AgendaMeeting HandoutMeeting Notes