The helping hands of Clallam and Jefferson Counties.

Our 2022

Vocational Rehabilitation Impact

Clients Served in 2022

Years of Service

Since 2007…

Our vocational rehabilitation program helps individuals with disabilities participate fully in their communities by empowering them to achieve greater independence through employment. With a goal to break down employment barriers throughout our area, we help those in need to find and keep employment and provide training to employers and employees.

Since 2007...

Our vocational rehabilitation program has been helping individuals with disabilities to participate fully in their communities by empowering them to achieve greater independence through employment. Our goal is to break down employment barriers throughout our area by helping those in need find and keep employment and providing training to employers and employees.

Program Overview...

In partnership with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation(https://www.dshs.wa.gov/dvr), Developmental Disabilities Administration (https://www.dshs.wa.gov/dda), and Clallam and Jefferson Counties, our CARF-accredited DVR program works with people of all abilities to find and retain living wage jobs. Our employment specialists excel at finding ways to overcome barriers and creating innovative accommodations by serving anyone who is looking for support finding and keeping meaningful employment. We work hard to discover our clients’ best abilities and market them within the community.

Concerned Citizens started offering Pre-ETS (Employment Transition Services) through DVR in 2018. This program works with high school students before graduation to help them become job-ready by the time they leave school. Please visit https://www.ccpnw.com/pre-ets/ to learn more.

Program Components...

Trial Work Experience and Assessments…

  • Are used to explore an individual’s capabilities, abilities, and capacity to perform in different work situations. This can look a little like volunteering but is used to determine individual needs and target areas that should be explored more. We explore mobility to and from work, tolerance for the demands of different jobs, manual skills and dexterity, how the individual manages self-care, and how they learn.
  • Determine the level of support that will be needed to perform tasks, communication is evaluated, how well the person understood, and how well they understand verbal direction and expression. Interpersonal skills in most jobs are very important, so evaluating those and establishing personal and professional boundaries are critical to success.

Community-Based Assessments…

  • Are used to locate, secure, and place a client in a paid employment setting or job. In this scenario, the client actually works for a specified period of time under the direct supervision of a job coach, who will…
    1. Provided needed support and training…
        — To the individual
        — To the co-workers
        — To the supervisors
    2. Help develop natural supports.
    3. Encourage continuous evaluation – modifying job site, tasks, and supports as necessary.

Program Length...

This program is short-term and not designed to offer long-term support in a job. We will…

  • Help you identify interests and goals that will help connect you to jobs in your community.
  • Advocate for you and support you in learning and retaining a job.
  • Help you to identify other forms of support such as family, friends, and co-workers to increase your success.

It is important that you participate in the planning and identified activities in order to get the best possible benefits of this program. Finding and activating a support system is one of the most important things we can offer you to ensure that your success is not limited to paid support.

Communication with your provider and your team is critical to the success of the program.

Your DVR counselor will give you choices of agencies that can provide this service.

Getting Started...

For more information about DVR services and eligibility, please visit https://www.dshs.wa.gov/dvr/how-do-i-get-started or https://www.dshs.wa.gov/dvr/.

Contact Information...

For more information about our local Vocational Resources and Services, please contact or visit The Department of Vocational Rehabilitation in Port Angeles, WA. 

Click here to call the Port Angeles DVR

@ (360) 870-7818

Visit the Port Angeles DVR

@ 228 W 1st St, Port Angeles, WA 98362

For more information about our Vocational Rehabilitation Program, please contact Holly Pritchett

Click here to email Holly

@ hpritchett@ccpnw.org