Many people ask what the difference is between the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA). Although both departments fall under the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), they are very different in the services provided, length of the time supplied, and qualification criteria.


The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) helps adults with disabilities obtain and maintain competitive, integrated employment. That is to say, rehabilitation services are provided to individuals with physical, mental, or sensory disabilities who require counseling, job training, or other assistance in getting a job. However, DVR services are not long-term. The purpose of DVR is to provide tools for initial job placement. Once the consumer has secured employment, the job coach receives a contract from the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) to provide on-site support for up to 90 days. After 90 days, the VRC will notify the consumer of the closure of their case.


The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) provides long-term employment services to eligible clients age 21 and over. In addition, DDA provides services in housing, respite, and nursing care for all ages. To qualify for DDA services, a person’s disability must have originated before their 18th birthday, continue, or be expected to continue indefinitely, and result in significant limitations.

Contact our Director of Community Services, Leona Eubank, to learn more. | (509) 209-2436