Work Week Limits (WWL) Questions

Below you’ll find answers to our most frequently asked questions specific to Work Week Limits (WWL).

For definitions to common terms mentioned, please review our frequently asked questions glossary.

CDWA reviews, and may approve, temporary WWL requests. Requests must be within the Client’s authorized number of hours.

IPs keep their grandfathered WWL. These are permanent WWLs that were assigned based on the number of hours the IP worked in January of 2016.

The standard WWL is 40 hours per week.  An IP may have a temporary or permanent WWL that exceeds 40 hours.

There is not a limit on the number of hours you can work in a day as long as the hours worked during the entire week (Sunday-Saturday) do not exceed your work week limit (WWL). Please note that CDWA’s systems will not allow a single shift to exceed 24 hours.

All work week limit (WWL) requests are made to CDWA. WWL requests cannot exceed the Client’s authorized hours. Changes in Client needs (which may result in higher Client authorized hours) should be reported to the Case Manager.

The standard work week limit (WWL) is 40 hours per week for most IPs. IPs are able to view their WWL from CDWA’s DirectMyCare web portal.

In 2016, the rules regarding work week limits (WWL) were changed in Washington state. IPs who were working over 40 hours per week at the time were able to keep their WWL. After 2016, all new IPs started with a default WWL of 40 hours. IPs may qualify for temporary WWL increases depending on Client need and authorized service hours. Temporary WWL increases must be approved by CDWA.