Boston University Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Boston University Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

General Resources for Providers & Administrators

This section covers topics related to employment issues & people with disabilities, including those with psychiatric disabilities.

Benefits & Financial Programs

These programs can assist providers in helping their clients through technical assistance, resources, and services focused on topics ways to improve personal finances and programs that provide government entitlements and other forms of support.

Networks, Associations, and Websites

These resources can help providers connect and find supports they need to better serve clients in as they work towards achieving their vocational considerations and goals.

  • Association of People Supporting Employment: Focused on creating career opportunities for individuals with disabilities – namely opportunities that have the possibility of career advancement.
  • National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV): Services homeless veterans through a national network of community-based service providers and local, state and federal agencies that provide housing; food; health services; job training and placement assistance; legal aid and case management for homeless veterans. Additionally, they provide technical assistance and resources for these providers and agencies.
  • Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP): This portal contains links to general employment information as well as information specific to people with disabilities.
  • Directory of Centers for Independent Living & Statewide Independent Living Councils: Independent Living Research Utilization provides research, education, and consultation in the areas of independent living, the Americans with Disabilities Act, home and community-based services, and health issues for people with disabilities. This directory identifies Centers for Independent Living (CILs) & Independent Living Councils (ILCs) for each state. CILs/ILCs often are a source of employment and peri-employment for people with disabilities.
  • Employee Assistance Professionals Association: A membership organization for professionals who work in employee assistance programs, which help employees who are experiencing mental health or substance abuse problems.
  • WorkNet Solutions: Their mission is to “equip and inspire providers of employment, career, and workforce development services to increase key outcomes, especially for clients who face employment barriers. Their customers include government, non-government, and faith-based organizations that help 200-20,000 adults and youth transition into the workforce each year from difficulties such as recent lay-off, long-term unemployment, injury or disability, government dependence, addiction, homelessness, mental illness, prison, poverty, military service, education, training, parenting, and more.”
  • Training Resource Network, Inc.: Career development and training materials are available through this online store as books, resources, and immediate downloads.
  • RTC: Rural : This Research and Training Center (RTC) focuses on disabilities in rural communities.

Social Firms

Social Firms are one type of social enterprise. Social enterprises are businesses that trade for a social or environmental purpose, and their profits are reinvested back into the company to help them achieve this purpose. Social enterprises are businesses whose primary purpose is the common good. They use the methods and disciplines of business and the power of the market place to advance their social, environmental, and human justice agendas. The specific purpose of a Social Firms is to create jobs for people who find it hardest to get them.

  • Social Enterprise Alliance: The Social Enterprise Alliance caters to North America’s social enterprise sector by providing information, building awareness, and creating national networks amongst various other services. Its membership consists of  social enterprises, service providers, investors, corporations, public servants, academics and researchers.
  • Social Firms Europe CEFEC: A network of Social Firms in Europe, CEFEC works to facilitate Social Firms, social co-operatives and other business models which create jobs that offer both a supportive working environment & paying, sustainable employment options.

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