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Employment and Career Assistance

We have helped hundreds of people to return to work and school in order to jump-start or resume their careers. Through a range of a range of services offered to help people in recovery, we assist particiapants to overcome the impact of illness and disability that may have previously obstructed their career path.

Fees: Medicaid covers the costs of PROS program participation. Medicare, SSAs Ticket to Work, and sliding-scale fees also help to offset program fees as applicable.

Our Approach

For those whose life has been disrupted by mental illness, the road to resuming and keeping employment is often complex and challenging. Challenges can include the effects of medications, lost self-confidence, diminished stamina, transportation, stigma, social worries, and the impact of earnings on public entitlement programs benefits. Our staff assists participants to use the strengths and skills that gained from life experiences to address these barriers so they can pursue a job with pride and confidence.

Center-based Services

Our own centers allow participants to brush-up on skills through work-ordered units and activities while using rehabilitation tools to chart their course to employment. Our centers offer computer-based technologies for assessment, skill-building, and resource acquisition.

Job Development/Job Finding

Securing a job that matches your preferences and workplace needs is challenging but critical for long term success. Our agency connects with small and large businesses in the community to identify employers with opportunities and a positive workplace culture. Working with our Business Advisory Council, we are able to help our participants to find fulfilling work.

Flexible Coaching & Support

MHAW offers on and off-site support and coaching. Whether at the workplace, a breakfast or lunch spot, at our offices or by phone, we can design your support contacts to meet the employee’s needs and schedule.

Entitlements Planning & Management

The complicated maze of SSI, SSD, and Public Assistance rules can sometimes make returning to work treacherous. Our employment staff will help participants to understand and manage the impact of earnings on their financial situation.

Cognitive Remediation

Our cognitive remediation program is a State-wide leader in integrating the use of computer-based strategies to improve memory, concentration, organization and other functions that have been impaired by illness, and medication.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accommodations

Should employees choose to disclose their disability to their employer, we can help to consider and negotiate reasonable workplace accommodations – most of which pose no cost to employers – that can make employees more productive, valuable, and satisfied.

Peer Support & Celebration

What’s work with no fun? We have regular dinner meetings at local restaurants for the purpose of support, getting ideas from others in recovery about achieving success, and for celebrating those successes.

Supported Education & Career Development

For many people, the road back to employment goes through college or an occupational training school. Our Centers have relationships with local schools, colleges, and universities and can provide you with information, connections, and the coaching necessary to overcome long-standing challenges. This includes learning issues, decision-making skills, anxiety reduction, financial planning, time management, and more.

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