Youth Initiative Project
There is a current crisis facing a growing number of transition-age youth, ages 16-25, who are disconnected from school and deprived of the academic foundation necessary to their survival. You will find resources for working with this population on these pages:
The Center undertook a research study to examine the effectiveness of combining cognitive remediation and supported employment services for mental health recipients. The study targeted four community based employment programs in New York City since the beginning of the project in January 2003.
The Ways to Work demonstration project began in January 2002. Five New York City community mental health agencies received grants from the Center to employ employment staff and to integrate clinical and vocational services. The main goal was to increase employment outcomes for mental health consumers attending Continuing Day Treatment and Clinic Programs.
The Work and Recovery Project was a two-year initiative that began in July 2002 and ended in June 2004, under the Center for Rehabilitation and Recovery (The Center) and the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies at the request of the New York State Office of Mental Health. The project was aimed at improving consumer employment opportunities and outcomes in five New York City Continuing Day Treatment Programs. The following documents illustrate how the project shifted programming, trained staff towards targeted skill and role development, and promoted collaboration among programs.
The Center in collaboration with Columbia University's Workplace Center undertook a two year study started in 2002 involving eleven mental health agencies and Human Resource Departments in New York City. Various reports and usable forms were generated from this project that looked at creative ways to develop jobs and utilize existing agency relationships fostering a lucrative network towards increased employment outcomes for mental health recipients.
The employment enhancement project with the International Center for Clubhouse Development (ICCD) was undertaken by the Center for Rehabilitation and Recovery in 2002. With involvement of the New York City Clubhouse Coalition (NYCCC), the project resulted in the development of a best practices manual on employment, technical assistance efforts with specific New York City clubhouses, and training on developing and operating diverse employment programs in clubhouses.
The Center undertook a study to measure the true cost of providing supported employment to individuals with psychiatric disabilities. This study was spurred by a RFP released by Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID), the New York State Vocational Rehabilitation agency. The two methodologies employed for this project were process mapping and staff questionnaires. The following documents assist the reader in understanding the need for this project in a rapidly changing funding environment, the process involved, and the results of the actual costs of providing supported employment services.
The Center for Rehabilitation and Recovery and Columbia University's Workplace Center of the School of Social Work undertook a study to look at the role of employee assistance programs (EAPs) in supporting workers with mental health conditions. This report examines ways that EAPs can collaborate with providers of the mental health community to improve employment retention. The following documents reflect the scope of the project and show practical ways to implement these ideas through three different training manuals that help to enhance the connection between EAPs and the mental health community:
Supported employment services designed for persons with mental health disabilities vary. The Center along with researchers from Indiana University, Purdue University examined the properties of supported employment utilizing the QSEIS (Quality of Supported Employment Implementation Scale) a 33-item scale measuring the implementation of evidence-based supported employment. The following documents are the tools and products of the study:
A Statewide Educational Advisory Board was convened by the Center in collaboration with the State Office of Mental Health and Cornell University to develop a portfolio of employment services educational curricula that could be of use throughout New York State. Membership consisted of individuals from both public and private universities, think tanks, consultants, consumer organizations, and selected state, city, and federal agencies. One of the goals of SWEAB was to blend evidence-based practices and perspectives on recovery. The following are documents describing this project and include products of the Board's efforts:
The Center along with Columbia University's Workplace Center of the School of Social Work undertook a study to examine the role of unions as a potential conduit between the workplace and individuals seeking employment from within the mental health system. This report is a description of unions as a potential resource for consumers and providers. Training materials for union representatives, mental health providers, and consumers of mental health services are also available.
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