Adult Programs
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About Supported Employment

Supported Employment Services assist youth or adults with the most significant disabilities obtain and maintain competitive, integrated employment. Services are individualized and consistent with the unique strengths, abilities, interests and informed choice of the individual to help them succeed. A variety of support services are available. VR coordinates with individuals and providers to deliver necessary ongoing support services.

Quick Facts About Supported Employment Services

  • Work for pay at the same rate as other employees.
  • Promotes social integration, productivity and maximum use of a person’s skills and abilities.
  • Takes place in an integrated work setting.
  • Assists individuals with developmental disabilities, severe or persistent mental illnesses and other significant disabilities.
  • Includes job coaching often provided by an employment specialist after placement on the job.
  • Maintains support services to the worker for both current and future employment needs.
  • Builds extended, ongoing supports with agencies and partners outside of VR to assist a person in maintaining employment.

VR funds Supported Employment in a variety of business environments for anyone requiring intensive employment supports, including initial placement and stabilization in the workplace.

Phase I Services are provided by VR. VR does not fund Phase II services. Ongoing support services are provided by sources such as the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, private pay, natural supports or other funding sources.

Supported Employment offers continuing assistance from an employment specialist to maintain long-term employment for individuals who have previously been unable to succeed in traditional employment.

Values of Supported Employment

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor uses when considering an individual for supported employment:

  • Inclusion in the community
  • Presumption that the individual will be able to work
  • Placement in competitive employment
  • Individualized plan development
  • The support of family members, friends or coworkers

Supports to perform job duties may include:

  • Arranging transportation, placement, training or retraining the supported worker.
  • Developing natural supports and assistive technology, if needed.