Online Technical Assistance Response for Employment Service Providers


Beginning May 1, 2016 the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation will begin offering an online technical assistance service to organizations providing employment services to people in mental health recovery.  As a component of the Center’s National Resource Center of Employment and Vocational Recovery, the service will be offered at no expense to the organization.  The project is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Independent Living Research and Rehabilitation.


What is the focus of the service?


Assisting organizations to build program structures and components to address a range of individual and environmental factors that impact employment and vocational recovery outcomes including:


  • Overcoming Stigma
  • Employment Services to Special Needs/Underserved Populations
  • Integrating the Peer Workforce
  • Using Social Capital to Improve Employment Outcome
  • Impacting Family and Provider Perceptions of Employment
  • Financial Self-Sufficiency and Asset Management
  • Benefits Counseling
  • Engaging Employers
  • Self-Employment and Micro-enterprise Pathways to Employment
  • Peer-driven Social Marketing
  • Recovery Oriented Employment Approaches
  • Promoting Work-Life Balance for Employment Retention
  • Peer Employment Support
  • Career Development
  • Integrating Individual Planning and Support with other Employment Services
  • Integrating Employment and Treatment Services


How are the services provided?


The technical assistance will be provided through webinars, conference calls, and email.  Following an initial exploration to establish the area of need, the organization will be matched with a consultant who has expertise in the topic area. With support from Center for Psychiatric project leader, the consultant and designated organization staff members will establish the goal of the technical assistance and develop a plan to guide the actions of the consultant and organization staff for accomplishing the goal.  More than one technical assistance topic may be addressed and ongoing technical assistance activities will be provided for up to one year after establishing the initial goal. After conclusion of the technical assistance, the organization completes a brief online evaluation survey.


How do I begin receiving the technical assistance or find out more about the service?


To learn more about the service or to begin the technical assistance process, contact:


Rick Forbess, Project Director