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DSHS Services

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Specialized Habilitation

Specialized habilitation can help individuals create healthy relationships, adapt to challenges, and improve overall quality-of-life. Our Specialized habilitation services offer resources for community integration  including:

  • Self-empowerment.

  • Safety awareness and self-advocacy.

  • Interpersonal skills and effective communication.

  • Coping strategies regarding typical life challenges.

  • Learning how to manage daily tasks to gain adaptive skills.

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Community Guide and Engagement 

Services are designed to develop creative, flexible and supportive community resources and relationships to connect individuals to resources in their community, and supports them to participate, engage, and integrate into the community. A community guide or community engagement provider will: 

  • Meet with you to discuss goals stated in the Person-Centered service plan and help you develop specific goals related to engaging with the community.

  • Develop strategies with you to connect with community resources, based on your interests and needs. 

  • Help you develop healthy relationships with local community members.

  • Support you with participating community activities within you budget. 

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Peer Mentoring

Peer mentoring is a form of mentorship that takes place between a person who is living through the experiences of having a developmental disability or a family member of a person who has a developmental disability (peer mentor) and a person who is new to the experience (peer mentee). These services help individuals or family members through:

  • Mentoring.

  • Sharing personal experiences to provide support. 

  • Sharing information about community resources. 

  • Exploring other supports.  

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Purchasing Goods and Services

Purchasing Goods and Services is an additional program designed to provide participants and their families with specialized supports to achieve stabilization in their home and community. 

  • Vehicle modifications or adaptations required to fit the needs of the participant to engage with their community. 

  • Therapeutic equipment and supplies necessary to implement a behavioral support plan or other therapeutic plan including sensory integration or communication therapy plan. 

  • Nonrestrictive clothing adaptive to the participant's individual needs and related to his/her disability.

  • Purchasing or leasing, and customizing or adapting assistive technology to meet the functional needs of a child with a disability. ​

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