Whitman Co. - Developmental Services
Whitman County Developmental Disability Advisory
Whitman County's Developmental Disability Board and staff
are critical to the development and delivery of
community services that meet the needs of people
with disabilities, this includes addressing the
issue of individuals who are currently unserved
and waiting for support services. As representatives of the
board members have an advocacy responsibility on
behalf of people with disabilities and their
families. Board members are also in a unique position
to share information with other community
members. They are also responsible for gathering
information and deciding the direction and need
Active community boards and staff are influencing
the direction of state contracted community
services. They are also shaping generic community
services by offering information and
suggestions during local planning and
decision-making efforts. Most important, boards are
beginning to influence and change the ability of
communities to support and welcome people
with developmental disabilities. To increase
effectiveness, counties should take their guidance
from people with disabilities and their families
to increase people's experience and presence in
Some examples of ways Counties can begin
addressing the above for all people, including
individuals who are unserved are by:
accessible, affordable housing and transportation;
Advocating and supporting integrated
Promoting employment opportunities in the
public and private sector;
Educating and advocating for equitable,
affordable medical services;
Whitman County interested in assisting individuals with developmental
disabilities and their families are invited to apply for Board membership.
is interested in a balanced representation on the Board, in terms of ethnicity,
occupation, geographic location, and experience with developmental disability
issues. All interested individuals and individuals with developmental
disabilities living in the area are strongly encouraged to apply.
below will be followed in appointing members to the Board:
- Applicants complete and send in an application.
- Applicants interview with other Board members and the Whitman
County Developmental Disabilities Coordinator, who then forward their
recommendations to the Members of the Advisory Board.
- The Advisory Board votes to approve the nominee as an incoming
Board member or denies the approval.
- Nominees who are appointed by the Whitman County Executive must
complete a job description outlining their responsibilities to the Board, a
criminal history background check form, and acknowledgement of confidentiality
and conflict of interest.
the Whitman County Developmental Disabilities Services Coordinator for an
application and further information.