COVID-19 Community Residential Reporting Requirements Update

Developmental Disabilities Administration

Jan. 21, 2022

Community residential COVID-19 reporting requirements update

This message provides updates for DSHS’ community residential providers regarding DDA COVID-19 reporting requirements. 


Since the onset of the pandemic and based on initial instruction, community residential providers have been completing incident reports for COVID-19 staff and client positive cases.  

What's changed or clarified:

  1. Effective immediately, community residential providers no longer need to submit an incident report to DDA for COVID-19 positive staff. 
  2. Providers need to report client COVID-19 positive cases to DDA following the one working-day standard. COVID-19-related client hospitalizations or life-threatening conditions must still be reported within one hour, and a written report must follow within one work day.
  3. Please note: DSHS' Residential Care Services COVID-19 reporting requirements have not changed for community residential providers who are certified or licensed by RCS (e.g., supported living, group homes, group training homes). This includes reporting to the Complaint Resolution Unit.

See below for additional COVID-19 resources: 

  • Residential Care Services Dear Provider Letters- for the latest information and resources
  • Rapid Response Team – providers can request short term staffing support by:
    • Completing a Rapid Response Request form (DSHS 02-716) and emailing it to
  • PPE
    • Contact emergency management first
    • If turned down or no response you can contact DOH for PPE issues only
  • Testing Resources
    • Department of Health – Testing locations and community-based test sites
    • Local Health Jurisdictions: Rapid and PCR tests, local libraries, test sites, guidance for testing
    • Federal Program - Lets End This Together COVID-19 testing for underserved communities, congregate care settings and K-8 schools 

Thank you to all community residential staff for your continued commitment to support people with developmental disabilities through this pandemic.

Contact us for questions or feedback.