Kitsap Tenant Support Services Inc. provides habilitative services, caregiving, training, support, and supervision to persons with developmental disabilities and special needs. The company is locally owned and one of the original programs of this type in Washington state, proudly operating in Kitsap County since 1974.
Working with clients throughout Kitsap and Clallam counties, Kitsap Tenant Support Services strives to provide a healthy, safe, and stable environment to allow as much independent development as possible. Through our training and habilitative services, clients gain an increased sense of self, while developing the tools necessary to take ownership of their lives, build relationships, gain personal power and choice, and actively participate while being included in their community.
All of our employees are extensively vetted and screened before they’re allowed into a client’s home. This includes a comprehensive interview process and a criminal background check, FBI fingerprinting, employment references, driving abstract, and TB screening.
All employees receive state mandated training: either Residential Services Staff Training or Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving. These are both 40 hour classroom-based learning courses with skills testing. Staff are also trained in CPR, AED, and First Aid techniques, and other population specific subject matter consistent with this industry. They regularly receive ongoing, continuing education to ensure they are well versed in the latest techniques, technologies, and strategies directly related to serving the developmentally disabled and vulnerable adult populations.
Clients who work with Kitsap Tenant Support Services experience many positive outcomes, including:
- Creation of safe environments where specific physical, mental, and emotional needs are met
- A level of autonomy, personal power, and choice over their own lives and circumstances
- Feelings of value and building positive self-recognition
- Access to a range of physically and socially integrated services
- Development of various of relationships with family, friends, peers, and other community members
Clients generally come to Kitsap Tenant Support Services through state agencies, such as the Department of Health and Human Services or Aging and Long-Term Care Administration. The company’s dedicated professional staff also provides private in-home care and other related services to public agencies through its affiliated programs, including Kitsap Home Care Services and West Sound Support Services.
Kitsap Tenant Support Services is recognized as a leading provider by the Department of Health and Human Services. The leadership at Kitsap Tenant Support Services is committed to serving on state-level stakeholder groups in collaboration with policy makers on issues related to developmental disabilities, training, and continuing education.
Michael E. Closser – CEO and Founder
Alan Frey – Program Manager
Janell Frey – CFO