Kitsap county agency Services

Adult Employment services

Individual Supported Employment Services (IE) are a part of an individual’s pathway to employment and are tailored to individual needs, interests, abilities, and promote career development.   These are individualized services necessary to help persons with developmental disabilities obtain and continue integrated employment at or above the state’s minimum wage in the general workforce.  These services may include intake, discovery, assessment, job preparation job marketing, job supports, record keeping and support to maintain a job.

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Kitsap County contracts with the seven following agencies to provide IE Services:  Able Opportunities, Cares of Washington, Easter Seals Washington, Holly Ridge Center,Peninsula Services, Trillium and Vadis.

Meet some of our customers receiving services…

Customer Service is a Priority for Jeremy at Home Depot

Image: Man with short brown hair wearing a Home Depot apron smiles, holding a card in one hand, his other hand on the handle of a Home Depot cart. He is standing in front of lumber.

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Holly Ridge Builds Innovative Workplace Partnerships

Katie Realizes Her Potential at Applebees

Image: Woman holding a door open and smiling with her right arm showing the way into the door. She wears a black Applebees uniform and name tag.

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Corey Becomes a Leader Hops N Drops.

Steve’s a big asset in produce at Town and Country

Tony – Grocery Outlet

Image: Two men in a Grocery Store aisle. One stands on a step ladder wearing a high-visibility vest and stocks shelves. The other man stands behind him smiling at the camera and giving a thumbs-up.

Tony completes his work tasks to the finest standards.

Mike – Eagle Harbor Book Co.

Image: Photo of Mike McLane stands in front of a book display at his job at Eagle Harbor Book Company.

Mike, employed at Eagle Harbor Books for nearly 9 years, is an essential part of their team!

Hear from our Local Employers:

“Adison is a vital and valued member of the DDA Kitsap FSO team. His day to day work directly impacts and supports case resource managers to ensure quality services and outcomes occur for the clients and families we serve across Kitsap County.”

Anthony Robinson, Kitsap Department of Developmental Disabilities Administration

“ …I am so fortunate to have Adam work in our library. His help enables me to work on lesson planning, finding materials for teachers, and developing our collection and maker space. I don’t want to imagine our library without him.”

Adessa Shields, East Port Orchard Elementary School

“…Daniele knows every person in this building by name, and I see all staff stopping to engage her in conversation when they see her. Staff always comment on how much she brightens their days and that they look forward to seeing her.”

Keri Sieckowski, Kitsap County HR Manager

“…He knows what needs to get done and is on a mission to get it finished. I wish all my employees were as focused as Nick.”

Angela, Wheaton Way Walgreens

“Maren brings a unique skillset to our workgroup. With her skills, she’s been able to fill a hole that we’ve been trying to plug for some time. Her contagious positive attitude is inspiring. We are lucky to have her on our team!”

 Jamie Linville, Kitsap 1 Supervisor

“Anthony is a delight to have work with us! He is one of our hardest workers and is always willing to help out."

Darcee, Co-Owner and Manager, Grocery Outlet

Innovative Practices

Image: Woman with black hair pulled back, wears colorful scrubs and smiles, standing in front of a shelf of medical supplies.
  • The Work Independence Network (WIN), is a successful recruitment & retention business model  for hiring people with disAbilities developed in partnership between Harrison Medical Center now, CHI Franciscan, Kitsap County Developmental Disabilities, and Able Opportunities, Inc.
  • Kitsap County’s Supported Employment Program utilizes a customized approach to connect individuals with developmental disabilities to county employment.

  • Partners For Work, (PFW) is a Rotary District 5030 project that creates employment opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities by utilizing Rotarian business leadership as a vital link between job candidates and paid work.
Image: Woman with black hair passed her shoulders, glasses, a yellow shirt, gray blazer, latex gloves, and a badge hanging around her neck on a lanyard, puts mail into a wall organizer.

Maren handles all external and internal mail and packages at Kitsap County.

Kitsap county Adult Employment services by The numbers

Adult Employment Services result in earned wages, independence, and community contribution. Local businesses all over Kitsap County support inclusive workforces and hired individuals with disabilities. Data from January 2022 through January 2023 indicate:

Adults receiving employment services (Monthly average)

Million Dollars Earned


Job Seekers Employed

Local Businesses where People are Working

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