Supported Employment

Supported Employment is an evidence-based practice that has shown to be effective in assisting individuals acquire and maintain competitive paid employment, particularly those for whom employment has not been achieved and/or has been interrupted or intermittent. Services are driven by the program participant’s preferences and choices. One of the hallmarks of this service is that no one is excluded (“zero-exclusion”) from participation in the program on the basis of readiness, diagnosis, symptoms, substance abuse history, psychiatric hospitalization, level of disability or legal system involvement. The service clearly affirms that employment is a path to recovery. The Supported Employment service model that Meridian employs is based on the following principles: 1. Every person who wants to work is eligible (“zero exclusion”) 2. The goal is competitive employment 3. Services are integrated with behavioral health treatment 4. Personalized benefits planning is provided 5. The job search starts soon after the person expresses interest in working (“rapid job search”) 6. Staff build relationships with employers based upon their clients work preferences 7. Individual job supports aren’t time-limited 8. Client preferences are honored.

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