What is Supported Employment?
The Supported Employment Program at Clackamas County is designed to help people with mental health issues find and keep a steady job. This program is available only to consumers enrolled in mental health services with the Clackamas County. Supported Employment can provide you with the confidence and skills you need to be successful at finding and keeping the job you want.
Why is it important?
When people work with our Supported Employment program, they are more likely to find a good job, and more likely to keep it. We help people earn money, build their savings, and work in the community.
National research has found that people who work with a Supported Employment Specialist are more likely to find jobs they like and to keep those jobs over the long term.
The principles of Supported Employment
Our employment specialists will help you look for jobs right away. No waiting around! If you are an employer, we can help you find a great employee right away.
Once a person has been placed in job, employment specialists will be there to help them along the way.
We help everyone:
No one is excluded from participating. Our employment specialists work with anyone with mental health needs who is looking for work.
We work directly with health providers:
Our employment specialists work closely with friends, family, and the people already working with each individual, including their health care providers.
Employment specialists help people find jobs in the open labor market that pay at least minimum wage and that anyone could have, regardless of their disability status.
Keep your benefits:
Our employment specialists will help each consumer understand how benefits (such as Social Security or Medicaid) are affected by working. Most people are able to work and continue to receive some benefits.
It’s about personal choice:
Choices about work are based on your preferences, strengths, and experiences. We work with you to find a job that fits your needs, and we work with employers to find the right fit for their needs.
For more information, call one of our Supported Employment Specialists
Rosa Murillo | 503-655-8264
Trina Taylor | 503-655-8264