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Who can help me get ready to go to work, look for a job and help me adjust to a new job?

If you are already enrolled in mental health services...
Talk to your case manager about employment programs that can help you prepare for and find a job. Your case manager will be able to tell you about vocational services available at the agency where you get your other services or refer you to an employment programs elsewhere.

Washinton State's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is the most important resource if you need help in getting work because you have a mental illness. DVR's website is: http://www.dshs.wa.gov/dvr/Individuals/Individuals.aspx

DVR helps people get professional support and services to find and keep a job. Sometime they help people get into training programs if they need to develop their skills. A brochure describing DVR is available at: http://www.dshs.wa.gov/pdf/Publications/22-827.pdf

At the following website you can view a video that describes DVR, its eligibility requirements, how to enroll in it and shows some of the people who have used DVR services http://www.dshs.wa.gov/dvr/Individuals/RightForMe.aspx

You can find the address and phone number of the DVR office nearest to you by going to the following website and entering your zip code: www.dshs.wa.gov/dvr/ContactUs/DVROffices.aspx. But please note, if you are receiving mental health services, talk with your case manager or therapist first about giving you a referral to DVR. This will make the process go faster.

Mental Health Agencies

Several mental health agencies in NSMHA's region offer employment programs to people who are enrolled in mental health services. Some of those programs also serve people who are enrolled in the Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Employment programs at mental health centers help people get ready for work and then help people find and keep jobs. Each of these programs is unique so you may want to learn about several of them.

Snohomish County

Bridgeways in Everett is a provider of mental health services that also has its own manufacturing business which employs people in a variety of jobs. In addition, Bridgeways has a supported employment program that helps people find jobs in other businesses. More information about Bridgeways' services can be found at their website. For information about their manufacturing business go to http://www.bridgeways.org/manufacturing.html

For information about their supported employment program go to: http://www.bridgeways.org/workshops.html

If you are currently receiving mental health services talk with your case manager about these services.

Sunrise Services in Everett has a supported employment program for people who are enrolled in mental health services or referred by a vocational counselor from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. The program is called Community Trades and Careers. Visit their website for details at: http://sunrisecommunityliving.com/services/community-trades-careers/

If you are currently receiving mental health services talk with your case manager about these services.

Skagit County

Sunrise Services offers supported employment services for people who are enrolled in mental health services or are referred by a vocational counselor from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Supported employment programs help people find and succeed at work. For information about Sunrise's employment services (called Community Trades and Careers) go to Sunrise's website: http://sunrisecommunityliving.com/services/community-trades-careers/.

If you are currently receiving mental health services talk with your case manager about these services.

Whatcom County

Lake Whatcom Center in Bellingham offers two kinds of employment services. Lake Whatcom Center operates a cleaning business that sends crews out to clean offices and other buildings. It also has vocational services that help people prepare for and find jobs in other businesses in the community. For more information, go to Lake Whatcom Center's website at http://lwrtc.org/Services.html.

If you are currently receiving mental health services talk with your case manager about these services.

Whatcom Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic in Bellingham operates a supported employment program for people enrolled in mental health services. For more information contact Whatcom Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic at 1-888-693-7200.

If you are currently receiving mental health services talk with your case manager about these services.

http://www.psych.uic.edu/uicnrtc/seekingemployment.pdf booklet for those considering going to work and trying to decide how to look for a job - through SE programs, on one's own or sheltered employment. The booklet contains a checklist of questions to ask when seeking out an SE program.

https://www.disability.gov/resource/disability-govs-guide-employment Find links to resources for people seeking employment and answers to a number of questions that job seekers might have - especially if they receive government assistance due to a disability.

 

Send mail to Michael White with questions or comments about this web site.
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