Supported Employment Services
What are Supported Employment Services?
Supported Employment Services help people find jobs who have employment barriers that are due to a developmental disability or mental illness. This is done by providing staff supports for the employee, and employer. The following service organizations work together in this effort:
• Bay Arenac Behavioral Health
• Arenac Opportunities Incorporated
• Do-All, Inc.
• New Dimensions, Inc.
• Michigan Office of Career Development and Training
Who can benefit from Supported Employment Services?
Supported Employment Services can help people who have been diagnosed with a physical, emotional, mental, or social disability. These people may want to work, but often are not able to do so in a competitive environment or need supports to be successful. Employers also benefit from Supported Employment Services in several important ways. Interested employers are welcome to call and discuss these benefits further.
How do Supported Employment Services help an individual or family?
When a person gets and retains a job, everyone benefits. The individual experiences new learning, interactive environments, and a growing sense of self-worth. He or she earns a real income, often for the first time. Families and other loved ones reap the benefits of another positive stimulus for their son, daughter, or sibling, and employers enjoy the rewards of having a dedicated, trusted worker.
How can the employer benefit from Supported Employment Services?
This service helps the employer by matching their needs with the potential employee's abilities. On-going support is provided through the Employment Specialist to ensure quality production and consistent worker behaviors. Support services result in reduced turnover and absenteeism while increasing productivity.
How can someone access Supported Employment Services?
Services may be requested directly or a person may be referred by their mental health case manager/supports coordinator or by another service agency or professional.Â
For more information call (989) 895-2300 or toll free 1-800-327-4693 and ask to speak to the vocational coordinator.
In Arenac County, for more information call (989) 846-4573 or toll free 1-800-891-2472.