Community Employment Services
Employment is a viable option for all people who want to work.
People who want to work can work
People that are of working age are expected to work
People have the right to achieve their career goals
People should earn prevailing wage in an integrated setting of their choice
People should have the opportunity and support to realize economic self-sufficiency
Principles of Employment First:
All individuals have the right to explore the full range of employment options to empower informed choice and foster self-determination.
Career Planning is a requirement for all individuals currently receiving services in order to ensure that supports, services, and outcomes on Individual Support Plans are consistent with what the person is seeking.
All individuals have the right to earn a living wage in a job of their choosing, based on their unique talents, gifts, skills, and interests.
As with all employees, persons with disabilities should have access to services and supports necessary to succeed in the workplace.
Businesses universally value employees with disabilities as an integral part of their workforce and include all people within recruitment and hiring efforts as standard practice.
Community Employment Process:
· Referral from Voc Rehab
· Assessment of skills & interests
· Job Development and search
· Placement of client in a job
· Task Analysis of job duties by CES program
The Community Employment Program offers community based employment in a competitive environment with the supports necessary to succeed. Persons served in this program are assessed to determine their job interests and skills for the performance of job tasks in their area of interest. Staff support is provided by a Job Coach that accompanies the individual to the job site and assists with training, support, accommodation and integration for as long as necessary. Persons served have disabilities similar to those eligible for employment in the Workshop.
The Community Employment Program seeks to develop and enhance the vocational skills and talents of people with disabilities who choose to work in an integrated environment and to increase their opportunity for meaningful life experience. All people have a right to contribute toward their own welfare, and to exercise their productive capacity. To work in a sheltered, supported or competitive employment is a matter of individual choice. The CES Program is in place to assist clients each step of the employment process and to help them to be successful in a long term vocational placement.
All persons served must meet the eligibility requirements for services set forth by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. They must also be recommended for Community Employment through an assessment process. Community Employment is funded by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Mental Health and the Cass County Board of Services.