Human Services

Breaking Down Barriers to Employment!

Overcome challenges, explore opportunities and maximize your potential.

Our team of proven professionals work diligently to increase access to gainful employment so you can achieve long-term success.

Current Human Services include

Career Planning and Consultation offers a variety of career assessment, planning and exploration services to individuals facing barriers to employment. Outcomes include defining a realistic vocational goal and identifying needed strategies and accommodations to enhance employability. Individuals learn about their vocational strengths and abilities with the goal of obtaining future employment. Participants are referred by a third party or self-refer to this fee-for-service program.

These services prepare individuals, ages 14 to 26 with disabilities, to identify future careers and enhance skill-sets to gain competitive employment following graduation. Individuals receiving special education services through local school districts are evaluated based on vocational skills and work aptitudes.

This program includes paid work experiences, work skills training and behavioral adjustment to the work environment to prepare participants for the challenges of community employment. Individual and/or group instruction available. Participants are referred by a third party or self-refer to this fee-for-service program.

Selective Case Management works with local businesses and a variety of local organizations to assist individuals who may experience barriers in their job search and in maintaining meaningful competitive employment. Services include job development, guided job search, on-site coaching and employer support for job accommodation and implementation. Services also include support after placement to ensure retention. Participants are referred by a third party or self-refer to this fee-for-service program.

SCM’s Work Experience Program is similar to an internship program and provides participants with the opportunity to gain knowledge and develop skills and work habits that increase the potential for employment success. Individuals are given the opportunity to experience real world on-the-job training to help them seamlessly progress from the program into competitive employment and ideally self-sufficiency. Participants sign a Commitment Agreement indicating their obligation to the site and program completion. Site visits and evaluations are conducted on a regular basis throughout this program. The length of the program is determined by the referring agency. Short-term Job Shadow opportunities are also available and a valuable tool to explore additional career paths. Participants are referred by a third party or self-refer to this fee for service program.

A Job Coach/Skills Trainer works directly with an individual in a training or placement site to help him/her learn the specific requirements of the job; learn work-related activities and requirements such as time and attendance rules; and learn appropriate work-related (including social) behaviors when dealing with supervisors and co-workers. Job Coaching provides intervention techniques and strategies to assist individuals in learning to perform job tasks to an employer’s specifications and to learn the interpersonal skills necessary to be accepted as a worker at the job site and in related community contacts. In addition to job-site training, it may also include related assessments, advocacy, travel training and other services needed to obtain and maintain employment. Participants are referred by a third party or self-refer to this fee for service program.

News & Events
The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that “Increasing Access and Opportunity” is the 2020 theme for October’s annual observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This year is the nation’s 75th observance of NDEAM, which is administered by the Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). The observance culminates the Department’s commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). “Ensuring that America’s workplaces continue to include and accommodate people with disabilities will be an important part of our economic rebound,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia. “Looking ahead, the Department will remain focused on the policies that led to a strong economy and record-low unemployment rates for persons with disabilities prior to the pandemic. A vigorous economic rebound and job growth will, alongside the Americans with Disabilities Act, increase access and opportunity for Americans with disabilities.” “People with disabilities are experienced problem solvers with a proven ability to adapt,” said Office of Disability Employment Policy Deputy Assistant Secretary, Jennifer Sheehy. “Now more than ever, flexibility is important for both workers and employers. National Disability Employment Awareness Month celebrates the ingenuity people with disabilities bring to America’s workplaces.” Each October, NDEAM celebrates America’s workers with disabilities and reminds employers of the importance of inclusive hiring practices. In 1945, Congress declared the first week of October “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was dropped to include individuals with all types of disabilities. Congress expanded the week to a month in 1988, and changed the commemoration to National Disability Employment Awareness Month. With its 2001 establishment, ODEP assumed responsibility for NDEAM. The agency’s efforts include selection of NDEAM’s annual theme, announced earlier in the year to enable organizations nationwide to plan their own observances. Employers of any size, in any industry – as well as community organizations, advocacy groups and schools – are encouraged to participate. For more information about NDEAM, including ideas for how your organization can participate, visit www.dol.gov/ndeam. The website also features the 2020 NDEAM poster, highlighting ADA’s 30th anniversary. The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.
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