Supported Employment (SE) is an evidence-based practice that utilizes core principles such as consumer preferences, rapid job search and placement, integration with mental health services, benefits advocacy, and time-unlimited supports to help persons with mental illness find competitive jobs in the community. The research demonstrates that the principles of SE produce more positive consumer outcomes and improved program and system outcomes. Employment also has a positive impact on other areas of treatment and recovery for consumers of mental health services.

Supported Employment is based on the premise that it is better to help individuals with mental illnesses find jobs and wrap support around them while they are performing these jobs. Rehabilitation Counselors and Supported Employment Specialists work closely with referred consumers from the initial employment services referral through job-seeking skills training, job search, placement, job coaching, and follow-along supports for as long as a consumer needs it to remain successfully employed. These services provide a way for individuals to recognize and build on their strengths and identify ways to get and keep a job.

More than job placement, Supported Employment offers assistance throughout every phase of the vocational process: work-readiness, job search, making applications, interviewing, starting, and keeping jobs. This offers both the opportunity for consumers to explore their options and hope for those who aspire to become productive, valuable and empowered members of their communities.

CSS provides an initial employment orientation every Thursday at 10:30am in the 640 Wolf Ledges Building. A discussion about work with the CRS or Therapist is encouraged prior to attending orientation. Consumers may be referred by their Community Rehabilitation Specialist (CRS) at CSS, Portage Path Behavioral Healthcare, or Child Guidance & Family Solutions. Consumers do not need to schedule an appointment to attend orientation. Any questions, please contact 330.253.9675.


Peer Support Worker Internship & Work Experience

Peer Support Worker Internship & Work Experience is a program funded by RSC and the ADM Board of Summit County to train consumers of mental health services to be Peer Support Workers within the mental health system in Summit County. Consumers are referred for these positions through the various RSC vocational rehabilitation programs. Consumers are provided with a six-month internship in selected areas including the Margaret Clark Morgan Primary Clinic at Community Support Services, the Summit County Jail, the Community Support Services lobby, and with regional and specialized case management teams. A Job Coach works closely with the workers during their internship.

Medicaid Buy-In for Workers with Disabilities

Medicaid Buy-In for Workers with Disabilities (MBIWD) allows individuals receiving SSDI to try-out work and maintain Medicaid for medical coverage while paying minimal or no spend down. This program is administered under the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). The employment staff can assist with applying for this benefit.

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