Resources for Vocational Specialists
Supported Employment Videos
- Intro to Supported Employment
- Consumers Talking About the Importance of Employment
- Consumers & Families Considering Work
- Job Development
- Employer Perspectives
- Why Should I Hire Someone With Mental Illness?
Describing Yourself - Here is the list of personal qualities that you can use to help a person begin to identify some of their own strengths related to employment. You can give it to people and ask them to fill it out or fill it out together, either way it is important to discuss each of the things that people choose for themselves. You can also ask people which of these others might circle about them or share your own observations about some of these qualities that you see in the person that they do not recognize in themselves.
Link to Department of Mental Health Employment Services webpage
DB101 - Disability Benefits 101 gives you tools and information on health coverage, benefits, and employment. You can plan ahead and learn how work and benefits go together.
Thanks to Margaret Mertes-Knoff with CPRF in Wichita, KS, for sharing her wonderful Excel sheets listed below. Margaret developed these workbooks several years ago to share with benefits specialists. You should be able to use them when answering “what if” questions or tracking earnings. You can change the amount of hours, income, and taxes to give folks a snap shot of how their earnings impact benefits. They can also be easily updated with new Federal Benefit Rates for SSI (FBR), Substancial Gain Activity (SGA), Trial Work Period (TWP) amounts. Remember to look at the bottom margin of each document for tabs for additional workbooks.
T2 Benefit Chart (SSA Benefit and Work Incentive Chart)