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Community Access

Community Access Services is a unique service for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  We emphasize providing educational opportunities for all individuals to achieve their highest potential and greater access to their community at large.

Am I eligible? Individuals age 62 years and older and individuals 18 years old and older who have 9 months vocational experience

How do I sign up? All referrals for Community Access must come from your Case Resource Manager.

What will I do in Community Access? Individual plans are designed with client input.  Clients and one-on-one staff will participate in community-based activities, working on personal objectives and goals.  Community Access is education-based, specifically designed for each individual to progress toward independent community participation in ways that are most meaningful to him or her.

What days and times will I attend? Arc staff can help transport to and from each client's desired community activities.  During the intake process, specific days and times are worked out, based on clients preferences.

 Community Access Participant Manual

Currently, The Arc of Tri-Cities is undertaking a revision to the structure of our Community Access program.  In order to offer more flexible service to families and full-time positions to our staff, we have decided to being a 6-month revision to our current programming.  These changes will provide greater contact with families, easy adaptation to changes in schedule, and greater diversity in activities and Person-Centered Plans.  Current Community Access clients will be notified in advance of changes.  Future Community Access clients can contact The Arc for details and information about admittance to the program.

Contact Information:

 Program Manager - Megan Fort

 Phone # (509) 783-1131 ext 129


Program Coordinator - Mindy Mueller 

Phone # (509) 783-1131 ext 156

Email: mindym@arcoftricities.com 


The Arc is looking for part-time Community Access Specialists to work with our clients one-on-one in this exciting and flexible community-based program.  Applicants may contact the Program Manager (see above) for more information.

Community Access Job Description

Each year, The Arc of Tri-Cities reviews its Community Access program and publishes a service improvement plan (most current plan linked below).  We believe in not only documenting self-inspection, but we hope our participants, their families, and other stakeholders will take part in helping us increase our customer satisfaction from year to year.

CA Service Improvement Plan 2014-2015