Supported employment services refer to assist people with significant disabilities in obtaining and maintaining employment. Individuals with intellectual disabilities, mental health issues, and traumatic brain injuries acquire social integration and financial independence using these services. Over two-thirds of individuals with serious mental health issues seek supported employment opportunities.
How does supported employment service work?
Under this service, people with significant mental disabilities get assistance in finding and sustaining jobs matching their skills, interests, and strengths. Moreover, it also includes the pre-requisite minimal training required for a job. Supported employment service also provides employment specialists to allow the individuals to recognize their abilities and interests. When an individual recognizes his interests and skills, supported employment service then provides references from other clients, which help in job success.
Main roles of supported employment service for patients with mental disabilities:
- Assistance in career determination by giving various career options and then assessing a patient’s interests and skills.
- Determining the right assisted technology/aids needed for the patient to expand his cognitive abilities. For instance, memory aids for a patient with dementia.
- Assistance in employment selection by collecting and analyzing the data of available jobs and then matching with the patient’s skills.
- Employer engagement lets the patient establish strong communication and work relationships with his employer.
- On-job training, which would be highly specific to the job. In this way, an individual with an intellectual disability can perform his work tasks efficiently.
- Crisis intervention during a job for those mentally ill individuals who are not feeling comfortable from a job and moving towards the psychological stress.
Furthermore, medical care, transportation facilities, coworker mentoring, and social support are ensured through supported employment services.
Who can take benefit from these services?
Any person with an intellectual disability or mental health issue can use these resources. These conditions include but are not limited to autism, dementia, bipolar disorders, brain injury, ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hypersensitivity Disorder), depression, and anxiety. Moreover, individuals with mild-to-moderate symptoms of affective disorders can also seek help from these services. Similarly, patients with substance abuse can use these resources during a recovery phase.
How is it different from vocational training?
Through vocational training programs show some similarities, supported employment services are entirely different in the following ways:
- Eligibility criteria of supported employment services are quite broad as any person can be eligible to work and get employment under these services.
- Integration with mental health in supported employment makes it focused on preserving mental health. Whereas, in vocational training, the main focus is only on training and employment.
- Individual’s interest in a specific job is prioritized in support employment services. It is usually based on an individual’s skills and strengths.
- Personalized counseling in supported employment services provides patient-oriented support instead of generalized one.
Our mental health facilities are readily available to provide mental health services and resources to take care of a patient’s mental health care.
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