Individuals with disabilities are placed in an integrated work setting in the community, consistent with their interests and strengths. The individual is employed by the business. The Choice Group provides ongoing support services through Job Coaches or Vocational Counselors, who gradually decrease supports as the individual becomes more proficient. Optimally, a system of “natural supports” is developed within the workplace and community.
Referrals for this service come from:
- Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
- Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
- Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (under the Medicaid Waiver program)
The Ticket to Work program was created by the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999. The goal of the program is to increase self-sufficiency for Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities. The program matches beneficiaries who want to work and get off cash benefits with Employment Networks (EN’s) which offer support in preparing for employment, finding an appropriate job, and becoming stable and independent in it. The Choice Group partners with other community organizations to extend the availability of this program. (Click here for our TTW Resources Page)
This service provides clear explanations to clients who receive disability benefits regarding the effects of earned income on those benefits, as well as eligibility for work incentives, so the client can make informed decisions about employment and options for ongoing supports.
Transition services support students in the movement from school to the world of work and adult life. The Choice Group works together with students, their families, schools and the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services to provide services to support a successful and timely transition from school to work.
Services are provided on an individualized basis in an individual’s home or community setting, and focus on the development and implementation of strategies to improve the individual’s ability to perform activities of daily living and function in social, vocational, educational, and other community environments on a daily basis, despite disabilities that may include cognitive deficits (often the result of a brain injury).
These services are similar to the Community Support Services, with a focus on veterans with disabilities.
Vocational Assessments are provided to assist clients in determining appropriate vocational goals at this time in their lives. A battery of tests are administered and interpreted for the client. Results provide the client with realistic employment options that match their current skills and abilities with interests.
In situational assessments, the individual completes work tasks in one or more competitive employment environments in the community. The nature, duration and location of the assessments are determined by the individual’s unique skills, limitations and potential obstacles. Situational assessments help Job Coaches and Vocational Counselors determine individuals’ preferences for particular job sites, as well as the specific types and level of supports necessary.
The goal of counseling is to provide a safe, accepting, non-judgmental place where you can explore these issues in confidence. A Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) will listen to the client, and respect her/his individuality and right to make decisions. The LPC and client will become a team, and explore the client's strengths, values, fears and difficulties to address the issues that are identified as priorities. The collaborative goal will be to develop in the client a sense of confidence and emotional well-being.
Many committed relationships get stuck. Partners interpret life events through the filter of their life experiences, many of them having occurred before the relationship. They may develop and mature along separate paths and realize that maintaining their love will require some assistance. Sometimes a few sessions will help them; other times it may take longer.
Combines Career Assessments and Individual Counseling techniques to explore a client's strengths, past successes, current interests, skills, and other pertinent issues involved in making a career decision, with short-term and long-term goals.
Therapeutic Behavior Services Program
Therapeutic Behavior Services are provided to clients with challenging behaviors that interfere with community engagement, independent living, and employment. Using Applied Behavior Analysis and a person-centered approach, clients and their support teams are given the skills necessary to decrease these challenging behaviors and replace them with ones that will help fulfill their goals. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst will make assessments, develop support plans, train, and supervise behavioral interventions so that clients may make meaningful progress toward their goals.