Tahoma Associates

Bridging the Gap in Human Services

Frequently Asked Questions

Division of Developmental Disabilities

Q:  What is the first thing I have to do to receive services?

A:  If you have a documented developmental disability, contact the Developmental Disabilities Adminstration office (253) 404-6500, and get signed up with a case manager.  Once you have been approved for services, your case manager may refer you to Tahoma Associates or another employment vendor of your choice.


Q:  How Do I Qualify for Services?

A:  Eligibility Requirements, you must:
  • Have a DDA Case Manager, and;

  • Be able to care for medical or personal care issues such as toileting, feeding, hygiene, or taking medication, or have reliable support to meet these needs 

  • Have an absence of severe behavioral issues for which there is no current support system in place

  • Participate in a criminal background check if requested

  • Be motivated and have a desire to participate in Tahoma’s Pathways program

  • Have access to transportation


Q:  What population does Tahoma Associates serve?

A:  We serve individuals with developmental disabilities in Pierce County, within our facility and in our community.  Transition students 18-21 years old may be served in our Project SEARCH program.  All other programs serve adults 21 and over.


Q:  How do I know which program at Tahoma Associates is right for me?

A:  When you come in for your first interview, we will give you information on each program.  We will discuss which program would best match up with your interests, abilities, and goals.


Q:  How do I get to Work?

A:  Tahoma Associates does not provide transportation for our participants.  Each person is responsible for arranging their own ride to and from work.  Pierce Transit Shuttle can be used for door to door service. Under special circumstances Tahoma Associates may transport program participants, but it must be prearranged and approved by your Tahoma supervisor and agreed to by your home supports.

Q: What are your hours of operation?

A: Tahoma Associates hours of operation are Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30 PM. Depending on your program, your program days will vary. 

Q: If accepted into your IE program, how long will it take to find me a job?

A: We make no guarantees except that we will workvery hard in your effort in finding a job that matches up with your likes and desires.

Q: If I work in your GSE program will I get paid?

A: Yes, crew workers get a commiserate wage based on their productivity and the going rate.

Q: How long does it take to get services and do you have a waiting list?

A: Tahoma Associates does not maintain a waiting list. We look at everyone on an individual case by case basis and make an enrollment decision as soon as possible.