Personal satisfaction and enrichment in one's life is derived from participation in work and volunteer activity as well as other activities and tasks from which we derive pleasure and satisfaction.
For clients of our agency, and many people around the world pursuing mental health recoveries, the Dartmouth College Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Supported Employment model is a useful way to get past disability issues and become or stay employed.
The Integrated Employment Institute is a program of the UMDNJ Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions. It serves to help people pursuing mental health recoveries get back to work or school, and to help the service system offer the best-practice assistance to people so they can pursue occupational goals. The institute’s new website, www.vocationalvoice.com, goes further, offering specific resources and links to provide the kinds of inspirational messages which can help us – and the people we serve – consider making the next step back to school or work.
Making the Case was released recently by the Dartmouth IPS Supported Employment Center. This is a “plain language” two-page document which could be helpful in conveying the benefits of competitive employment and IPS. Please think about sharing this with board members, legislators, grant funders, family groups, and the media. Notably, the two pages of IPS benefits are backed up by 79 references to the peer-reviewed literature and other published media.
Be Motivated To Go To School—is an online article. It offers personal insight and inspiration to several groups of students; “regular students,” adults returning to college, and students with disabilities or challenges. The article touches on fear of failure, and offers practical advice.
The Employment/Education Information Resource is a document originally developed for use by members of mental health peer support self-help groups and centers who are pursuing employment or education goals. It is a starting place to help people work through the range of professional services which may be able to assist them in their journey. It should be similarly useful for members of the mental health workforce assisting people in pursing employment or education.
We also offer it as a model for adaptation by self-help groups and centers outside of Monmouth County, and/or outside of the area of mental health disabilities.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a template.
How Are the Experiences of Individuals with Severe Mental Illness Different from Those of Other Medicaid Buy-In Participants?By Su Liu and Sarah Croake
"The Medicaid Buy-In program is a key component of the federal effort to make it easier for people with disabilities to work without losing health benefits. Authorized by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA) and the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 (Ticket Act), the Buy-In program allows states to expand Medicaid coverage to workers with disabilities whose income and assets would ordinarily make them ineligible for Medicaid. To be eligible for the Buy-In program, an individual must have a disability (as defined by the Social Security Administration, SSA) and earned income, and must meet other financial eligibility requirements established by states. States have some flexibility to customize their Buy-In programs to their unique needs, resources and objectives. As of December 31, 2009, 37 states with a Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) reported covering slightly more than 150,000 individuals in the Medicaid Buy-In program.
This issue brief, the eleventh in a series on workers with disabilities, provides an in-depth profile of Buy-In participants who have severe mental illness and compares their characteristics, employment experiences, and medical expenditures with those of other participants in the program."
To read more see the attachment or go directly to this website: http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/publications/PDFs/Disability/WWD_mental_illness.pdf
Abstract obtained from http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/publications/PDFs/Disability/WWD_mental_illness.pdf
The Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University in New Jersey is conducting a research study for the U.S. Department of Transportation – Federal Transit Administration to better understand the transportation barriers and needs of New Jerseyans with disabilities who are seeking employment and they need your help.
If you are a person with a disability searching for a job, Rutgers would like to hear directly from you on this issue and ask that you complete the confidential online survey available at this link:
Anyone completing the survey will be entered in a drawing to win a $100 American Express gift certificate and if you need help completing the survey or want a hard copy of the survey, you can contact Rutgers project manager Andrea Lubin at 732-932-6812, ext. 593 or via email at email@example.com.
It is only with your help that we can work to improve the transportation environment and available travel options for people with disabilities seeking employment in our state so thanks so much for your support!
Information on training and placement of workers through employment services, tax credits and other hiring incentives and grants available from ETA.