Supported Employment Initiative Program
This Detroit Central City initiative is a pilot program responsible for identifying and developing job opportunities while helping clients obtain employment. The philosophy of the program is based on the belief that individuals who are diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness have the right to work and are capable of securing and maintaining employment. Supported Employment helps clients obtain and maintain competitive employment opportunities.
All Detroit Central City clients who want to participate are eligible. The client must be eligible for services funded through the Detroit Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency.
Services are provided by case managers, employment & peer support specialists and include:
- Contacting potential employers in the community
- Resume writing
- Interviewing skills
- Dress for success techniques
- Developing a personal vision and strategy for employment
- Developing ways to minimize the effect of mental disorder and its symptoms on job success
- Educating participants and employers on the impact of stigma in the workplace
Decisions about work and support are individualized and based on the person’s preferences, strengths, and experience. Once employed, staff provide job coaching to enable clients to retain employment. They also provide employer education to remove stigma and barriers attached to those with disabilities. Support continues as long as the client requests assistance.