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Who can send potential employees to me?

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Washington State’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is able to supply employers with qualified job candidates in all parts of the state. In addition, DVR can offer supports to the employee and the employer at time of hire and afterwards. DVR’s services are outlined in a brochure available at http://www.dshs.wa.gov/pdf/Publications/22-1256.pdf. A more thorough video explaining DVR, its services, and how it functions is available at:
http://www.dshs.wa.gov/dvr/Employers/Employers.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.

Community Resources

A website for job seekers who have disabilities is located at: http://www.disaboomjobs.com/. Employers can post job openings on this site as well as review resumes submitted by people looking for work.

The Washington State Business Leadership Network has a website that offers information, networking opportunities, and internet links for employers who employ or want to employ people who have disabilities. That website is located at: http://www.wsbln.org

Employment Programs at Community Mental Health Agencies Funded by North Sound Mental Health Administration

There are several mental health agencies that offer employment programs to people who are enrolled in their services. Some of these programs also serve people who are enrolled in the Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). Employment programs 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.

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 can be found at the Bridgeways website.

For information on the manufacturing business go to http://www.bridgeways.org/manufacturing.html
For information on supported employment services go to https://bridgeways.org/supported-employment/

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 (DVR). The program is called Community Trades and Careers. Visit Sunrise Services website for details at: http://sunrisecommunityliving.com/services/community-trades-careers/

Skagit County

Bridgeways has a supported employment program in Skagit County that helps people find jobs in other businesses. More information can be found at the Bridgeways website:
https://bridgeways.org/supported-employment/

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 the following 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, find, and succeed in other jobs in the community. For more information, go to Lake Whatcom Center’s website at http://lwrtc.org/Services.html.

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.

Other Programs and Agencies

There are a number of other vocational rehabilitation services in your area that can provide you with good candidates for employment. To find these other services in your area, call the nearest office of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (see the list of DVR offices following the heading "Looking for an employee?"). They will be able to give you the names and contact information of these organizations.

 

 

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