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2109 Sumner Avenue
Aberdeen, WA
USA

(360) 532-8631

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Developmental disabilities

Brianne Probasco

Home > Developmental disabilities

We believe everyone should be included at school, at work, and in the community so that they can live a full life and pursue their dreams.

 
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Overview

Grays Harbor County’s Developmental Disability program empowers and supports people who have developmental disabilities. We work to increase information about developmental disabilities and we promote understanding and inclusion of individuals with disabilities.

We partner with advocacy groups, schools, the business community, and local, state, and federal agencies.

Experience has taught us that people with developmental disabilities have the skills, interests, and talents to enhance their community. We also know that employment is a powerful way to contribute to the community.

For more information about our history and the services we provide, please visit Washington State Developmental Disabilities Administration’s (DDA) website:

To contact the Grays Harbor County Developmental Disabilities program coordinator, please call or email Dee Dee Garman at (360) 500-4070 or dgarman@co.grays-harbor.wa.us.


Services and eligibility

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Community information, education, and referral services

We inform and educate the public and school personnel about developmental disabilities and related services. We do this through information and referrals, workshops, support groups, liaison for school IEP/504 meetings, and assistance with applying for state and federal services. This service helps people with developmental disabilities, their families, and other stakeholders learn how to navigate the developmental disabilities, social services, and school systems.

  • Who is eligible for this service? This service is available to anyone with developmental disabilities and their family.

  • Who are the qualified providers of this service in Grays Harbor County?

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Individual supported employment services

We assist adults age 21+ who have developmental disabilities and are seeking employment. We provide job training, skill development, job placement, and follow-up services to help the person remain successfully employed. Supports and service levels are based on the needs of the individual.

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Community inclusion services

We help people with developmental disabilities build and strengthen relationships and become members in clubs, associations, and/or organizations.


Helpful resources and links

Developmental Disabilities Administration | Offers a variety of home- and community-based services for children and adults with developmental disabilities including Medicaid Personal Care, Employment/Day, Supported Living, therapies, and respite.

Informing Families | Provides up-to-date resource information and planning tools for individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages.

My Life Plan | An online planning tool.

Chartering the Life Course | pamphlet on planning and services.

Parent to Parent (P2P) Programs (Arc of Washington State) | Helps parents connect one-to-one with a trained, experienced parent (based on similar diagnoses and/or family issues), information and referrals, workshops, trainings, and support services.

Washington State Fathers Network | Supports fathers and families of children with special needs.

Disability Movement Coalition (through Arc of Grays Harbor) | Connects people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, family members, guardians, and concerned citizens with people who have lived experience. Disability Movement Coalition helps them organize their voices on important legislative issues that affect their lives.

Arc of Washington State | Advocates for quality services and necessary funding to meet the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Special Olympics Washington | Provides year-round sports training and athletic competition.


Apply to become a provider

Open request for qualifications | Services for individuals with developmental disabilities

This request for qualification (RFQ) provides an opportunity to submit an application for consideration as an agency qualified to provide services in Grays Harbor County.

An agency currently working under a county contract need not respond to this RFQ.

Grays Harbor County contracts with local qualified services providers utilizing funding from the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) to provide the following services:

  • Community information, education, and referral

  • Individual supported employment

  • Community inclusion

Each service is described in the application.

All instructions are available in the application.

Download and print RFQ application (.docx)

Download and print RFQ application (.docx)

 

Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Grays Harbor County Public Health & Social Services Department

Home > Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs

The Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs program offers

  • family support,

  • care coordination, &

  • health information

for children (age 17 or younger) who have, or are at risk of having, a condition which may prevent them from growing, developing, or playing like other children.

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We can help.

Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs is a free program that connects young people and their families to resources and services.

If your child is age 17 or younger and has, or is at risk of having, a condition which may prevent them from growing, developing, or playing like other children, your family is eligible for these services regardless of income.

Some conditions that children with special health care needs might have include:

  • asthma

  • autism

  • cancer

  • cerebral palsy

  • Down syndrome

  • cleft lip and/or palate

  • cystic fibrosis

  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

  • prematurity

  • speech/language delay

  • sickle cell anemia

  • diabetes

  • juvenile arthritis

  • epilepsy

  • blindess

  • hearing loss

  • gross and/or fine motor delay


The program can help families:

  • find assistance for their child with special needs.

  • find financial assistance.

  • schedule appointments and transportation.

  • get services for their child, such as medical care.

  • find information about health insurance programs.

Families can refer themselves to the program; or, referrals can be made by schools or medical and service providers.


Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD)

Grays Harbor County Public Health & Social Services Department

Home > Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD)

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Every child deserves healthy teeth.

The Access to Baby and Child Dentistry program (ABCD) connects families with dentists who know how to care for young kids. This prevents early tooth decay and starts children on a lifelong path to good oral health.


Parents

What does ABCD do?

  • Helps you find a dentist

  • Keeps baby teeth healthy

  • Easy exams

Providers

ABCD dentists provide quality dental care and treatment to eligible children. ABCD dentists receive enhanced fees through Medicaid for providing certain preventative and restorative procedures.

Become an ABCD provider

  • Attend a training - it can be arranged in your own office

  • The University of Washington, the Health Care Authority, and the local ABCD office will issue you a certification

Partners

Help us spread the word about the importance of good oral health in early childhood.  Refer any Apple Health (Medicaid) families with young children to us.

Refer children to ABCD

  • Hand out our program information

  • Submit a referral form and we will contact your client


Vaccines

Grays Harbor County Public Health & Social Services Department

Home > Vaccines

Vaccines prevent a person from getting sick.

Some vaccines are given by poking a needle into the skin (these type of vaccines are called "shots"). Some vaccines are sprayed into the nose (like some types of flu vaccines). Some vaccines are eaten (like the Rotavirus vaccine).

Vaccines are a safe and effective way to keep you, your family, and your community healthy.

Vaccines recommended for children age 0-6

Vaccines recommended for preteens and teens age 7-18

Vaccines recommended for adults

Vaccine Clinic

The Grays Harbor County Public Health and Social Services Department's clinic gives some vaccines to adults. We do not give vaccines to children. We can help you find a health care provider that gives vaccines to children.

Call (360) 532-8631.

Vaccine Records

The Washington State Department of Health provides parents and guardians access to their family members' immunization records at MyIR.net. Go to MyIR.net or call (866) 397-0337.

Childhood Vaccine Program

The Washington State Childhood Vaccine Program provides vaccine to all kids less than 19 years of age in Washington. The program uses a combination of federal and state funds to purchase vaccines and distributes them to health care providers.  If you are a health care provider interested in participating in this program, email the Washington State Department of Health at wachildhoodvaccines@doh.wa.gov.

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Youth suicide prevention

Grays Harbor County Public Health & Social Services Department

Home > Youth suicide prevention

Our community is concerned about youth suicide. 

If you think someone is at risk of suicide, ask for help.  If someone is harming him/herself right now, call 911.


Warning signs that a youth (up to age 24) is at risk of suicide include:

  1. Talking about or making plans for suicide

  2. Expressing hopelessness about the future

  3. Displaying severe/overwhelming emotional pain or distress

  4. Showing worrisome behavior, particularly in the presence of the warning signs above. Specifically, this includes significant:

  • withdrawal from or change in social connections or situations

  • changes in sleep (increased or decreased)

  • anger or hostility that seems out of character or out of context

  • recent increased agitation or irritability

(These warning signs apply to youth; warning signs that an adult (age 25+) is at risk are here.)


Show, Ask, Get help (SAG)

  • Show you care. Take any threat or talk about suicide seriously. Start by telling the person you are concerned.

    • I am worried about you because _____________. I want to help.

  • Ask the question. Don't be afraid to ask if he or she is thinking about suicide or has a plan or method in mind.

    • Are you thinking about suicide?

  • Get help. Resist the temptation to "argue them out it." Instead, seek professional help and do not leave them alone.

    • You are not alone. Let me help you find help.


Resources

Tips for parents for talking with their children about the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" and suicide (.pdf)

Tips for parents for talking with their children about the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" and suicide (.pdf)

Warning signs of suicide (.pdf)

Warning signs of suicide (.pdf)

How to support youth after a suicide (.pdf)

How to support youth after a suicide (.pdf)

Washington State Suicide Prevention Plan (.pdf)

Washington State Suicide Prevention Plan (.pdf)

Self-Injury Surveillance Report, Grays Harbor County (.pdf)

Self-Injury Surveillance Report, Grays Harbor County (.pdf)

Washington State's Plan for Youth Suicide Prevention (.pdf)

Washington State's Plan for Youth Suicide Prevention (.pdf)

Recommendations for reporting on suicide (.pdf)

Recommendations for reporting on suicide (.pdf)