Community Advisory Groups


In Yakima County, people 21 years of age or older (with developmental disabilities) and their families are able to choose the agency they would like to provide them with employment or community services and support.  A Department Social Health Services (DSHS), Region 1, Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Case/Resource Manager makes referrals to specific agencies.


​Services are not based on income.  Once a person is determined eligible through DDA, their Case Resource Manager can make referrals to specific agencies.

Services ​Individual Employment (IE)

​Placement and follow-up services necessary to help persons with developmental disabilities obtain and continue integrated employment in the community, in business, or industry.  This service may include creating work opportunities, support to the employee's supervisors and/or peer workers to enable them to support the person on the job, on-the-job training and modification of work site or tasks. 


Group Supported Employment (GSE)

​Supervised employment and training in regular business and industry settings for, groups of no more than eight (8), workers with disabilities. The workers are individuals who have a demonstrated need for ongoing supervision and support in order to maintain employment. Typical program examples include enclaves, mobile crews, and other business-based programs employing small groups of workers with disabilities in an integrated employment setting.

Community Access (CA)

​These services are for people with developmental disabilities ages 62 and older who have retired or who choose not to work and need assistance to access activities in the community. Services are provided in the community to enhance or maintain the person's competence, integration, physical or mental skill. Services assist individuals to participate in integrated activities, events and organizations in the local community in ways that are similar to other people the same age.  ​​

Support Agencies

DDA - Developmental Disabilities Administration
​Phone: 509-225-7972
​Location: 1002 North 16th Avenue Yakima, WA 98909

DVR - Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
​Phone: 509-225-4455
​Location: 1002 North 16th Avenue Yakima, WA 98909

DSB – Department of Services for the Blind
​Phone: 509-575-2014
​Location: 1712 S. 16th Avenue Yakima, WA 98902

SSA - Social Security Administration
​Phone: 800-772-1213