Dan Thompson Advisory Committee

Update as of 11/30/2021: Due to the large volume of applications received, we are still reviewing applications. We anticipate submitting recommendations to DSHS in December or January, at which point DSHS will make final decisions and begin notifying applicants.

If you have any questions about any of the information on this page, please contact Jeremy Norden-Paul: jeremy.norden-paul@ddc.wa.gov or 360-586-3558

Here is a link to a flyer that can be shared with people who are interested.

Funding Application

The application questions begin on page 4 of the document. Please note: Some of the audio recordings give a deadline of October 1st, but the updated deadline is Friday, October 8th.

Timeline for Funding

Below is a chart that gives an estimated timeline for when decisions will be made and when funding will be distributed. Please note, these are just estimates and the actual timeline will depend on a number of factors, including the volume of applications and the types of projects that are being funded. Please reach out with any questions about this estimated timeline.

Background Information

This application is for organizations (non-profit or for-profit) to request one-time funding or policy changes to benefit people who are eligible for services from the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA). Projects must also help improve the Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) system. If an organization has more than one request, please use a separate application for each one.

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.

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:

  • Invest 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


Optional Information Sessions

These are optional meetings to ask questions about the application. They will be recorded and posted on this page. If you have any questions or support needs, please contact Jeremy Norden-Paul: jeremy.norden-paul@ddc.wa.gov or 360-586-3558

  • Thursday, September 16th, 2:00-3:30pm
  • Wednesday, September 22nd, 9:00-10:30am

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This is where we post questions and answers about the Dan Thompson funding. Click here.

If you have a question or topic you would like to be added to this page, please contact Jeremy Norden-Paul: jeremy.norden-paul@ddc.wa.gov or 360-586-3558

Materials from Previous Meetings

Materials from June 1st meeting:

Materials from July 19th meeting:

Materials from August 25th meeting:

Materials from September 23rd meeting:

Other Resources

Interlocal Agreement between the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and the Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC) -This document talks about the roles, responsibilities, and timelines for DDC and the DDA as recommendations and funding decisions are being made.

DDC 2021