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Thurston County, Washington

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Public Health and Social Services

About the Program

Group of people

Mission Statement

To work with people with developmental disabilities, families, and the community to promote everyone's well-being, rights, choices, and opportunities in living as valued, contributing and integrated members of our community.

What We Do

The Developmental Disabilities Program works with community partners to provide services for people with disabilities and their families. The program is responsible for:

  • County-wide Information and Education
  • Employment and Community Inclusion paid programs for adults 21 and older
  • Assist eligible transition students to obtain paid employment prior to exiting school at age 21

Primary funding for all services comes from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services through the Developmental Disabilities Administration.


Career Quest
Thurston and Mason County services provided: Supported Employment, Community Inclusion

Thurston County services provided: Supported Employment, High School Transition/School to Work, Job Foundation

Exceptional Foresters, Inc
Thurston and Mason County services provided: Supported Employment, Community Inclusion, High School Transition/School to Work, Job Foundation

Thurston County services provided: Supported Employment, High School Transition/School to Work, Job Foundation, Job Club

Thurston County services provided: Supported Employment, High School Transition/School to Work, Job Foundation

Arc of Washington
Thurston and Mason County services provided: Developmental Disabilities Coalition 

Coastal Community Action
Thurston and Mason County services provided: Transportation for clients engaged in work activities

Fox Associates Consultation LLC
Thurston County services provided: Provider training

Kokua Services
Thurston County services provided: Hummingbird Art Studio, LEAD Mentorship Program 

Peninsulas Alliance
Mason County services provided: Healthy Relationships classes and Job Club (Shelton School District)

People First of Washington
253-999-7222 or 253-273-9158
Thurston and Mason County services provided: Personal Advocacy and Education

Senior Services for South Sound
Thurston County services provided: Senior Inclusion Program

South Sound Parent to Parent
Thurston and Mason County services provided: Helping Parent Program, Building Blocks Program and Spanish Support Group

Thurston County Inclusion
Thurston County services provided: Summer Camp, Year-round Activities

Thurston and Mason County services provided: Technical Assistance/Individual Technical Assistance

Discovery, Assessment, Job Preparation Guidelines provides guidance and parameters for the provision of discovery, assessment, and job preparation services.

Request For Additional Service Hours outlines the process for requesting a change in the maximum number of monthly service hours available to a client.

Incident Reporting Guidelines contains information for agency personnel to follow regarding serious and emergent incidents.

Monthly Billing Guidelines contains monthly billing standards for agency personnel to follow.

Client Service Update Guidelines contains information for agencies to follow when completing monthly billing.

Self-Employment Guidelines provide information about obtaining long-term supports for clients who are self-employed.

The Developmental Disabilities Program has an ongoing application process for agencies who would like to provide Individual Supported Employment and Community Inclusion or Individualized Technical Assistance. Click on the below Application Packet for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The Washington State Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) defines a developmental disability as a disability attributed to an intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, or another neurological or other condition. A developmental disability originates before the individual reached 18 years of age, is expected to continue indefinitely, and results in a substantial limitation to the individual. Visit DDA's website for more information about DDA's Eligibility Determination.

The Resource Guide (English   Spanish) is updated each year and provides a listing of resources for all individuals with a developmental disability.

Thurston and Mason County Contracted Providers Directory lists the current contracted providers and the services they provide.

A person must first be eligible for Washington State DSHS DDA services.  You will need to contact the DDA Intake & Eligibility Office at 800-248-0949.  The DDA staff will conduct an assessment to determine if an individual is eligible and if funding is available to provide assistance in obtaining and keeping a job.

Read our guide entitled "It's Up to You!".





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Contact Us

Mark Moffett - County Coordinator
Phone: 360-867-2597