Pathway to Employment

​The "pathway to employment" is the process by which an individual pursues competitive employment. The pathway to employment for each person may vary in time, activities and supports necessary to achieve their personal employment goals.

 Employment Services

​Kitsap County provides funding for employment services to approximately 340 adults with developmental disabilities each month. Over 90 local businesses competitively employ Kitsap residents with developmental disabilities throughout the county.

 School-to-Work Transitions

​Transition services prepare young adults exiting the public school system to secure meaningful work. Services assist students and their family in building a bridge from high school to adult employment programs. Support is provided to coordinate funding between the Developmental Disabilities Administration and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

School-to-Work Transitions Guide

 Individual Supported Employment (IE)

​Services 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.

 Group Supported Employment (GSE)

​​Services are a part of an individual's pathway to integrated jobs in typical community employment.  These services are intended to be short term and offer ongoing supervised employment for groups of no more than eight (8) workers with disabilities in the same setting.  The service outcome is sustained paid employment leading to further career development in integrated employment at or above minimum wage.  Examples include enclaves, mobile crews, and other business models employing small groups of workers with disabilities in integrated employment in community settings.

 Community Access

​Services are individualized services provided in typical integrated community settings for individuals in retirement.  Services will promote individualized skill development, independent living and community integration for persons' to learn how to actively and independently engage in their local community.  Activities will provide opportunities to develop relationships and to learn, practice and apply skills that result in greater independence and community inclusion.  These services may be authorized instead of employment support (Individual Employment, Group Supported Employment or Pre-Vocational Services) for working age individuals who have received nine months of employment support, haven't found a job and decide not to continue looking for work.

 Contact Us

Kelly Oneal
Human Services
(Developmental Disabilities)
koneal@co.kitsap.wa.us 
Phone: (360) 337-4624

Kirsten Murray
Human Services
(Developmental Disabilities)
kmurray@co.kitsap.wa.us 
Phone: (360) 337-4622

FAX: (360) 337-5721

614 Division Street, MS-23
Port Orchard, WA 98366-467