Employment plays a big role in an individual’s self esteem and personal satisfaction. In the case of adults dealing with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and dependencies, successful employment is also recognized as a valuable tool in furthering their recovery and contributing to long-term housing stability.
DESC’s Employment Services develops and creates partnerships with local businesses and employment providers. We work closely with area businesses to assist them in finding quality workers who match the employer’s unique needs. From the wide variety of potential applicants, DESC provides screened, motivated, job seekers who are well known to DESC. Working in partnership with The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, all services provided through DESC’s Employment Services are provided at no cost to the employer.
The SEP team prepare and supports participants, both employees and employers, to ensure success and satisfaction of both parties. This helps destigmatize the idea that people faced with significant challenges, whether physical, mental or behavioral, are unable to work.
DESC has assisted hundred of individuals obtain employment as their primary path out of homelessness and toward greater stability.
The Supported Employment Program at DESC benefits from an established model of highly integrated housing, mental health care, and clinical treatment. Many DESC clients are considered “unemployable” by mainstream vocational and employment programs, yet DESC staff members have been able to provide even the most disabled and chronically homeless adults with the skills to obtain self-sufficiency. DESC’s Supportive Employment Program, launched in 2008, is integrated into DESC’s state-licensed clinical programs and focuses on those adults who face the most significant challenges to succeeding in the work place. We prepare and support participants, both employees and employers, to ensure success and satisfaction for both parties. Together our Employment Specialists hold more than 30 years of experience assisting adults with disabilities return to work and engage in the community.
DESC’s Supported Employment Program is characterized by:
- Comprehensive assessment and preparation of potential employees. Our extensive training and assessment programs prepare candidates with the skills that will make them valued employees.
- Individual matching of employee skills and experience with available positions. Because mental illness is not limited to any particular economic sphere, nationality, or education level, we have a large pool of motivated applicants with a wide variety of skills and experience.
- Job coaching for as long as the employee or employer desires. Employment Specialists and mental health case managers remain available for immediate response indefinitely.
- Benefits counseling to help clients learn about federal and local benefit programs and how employment fits into those resources.