Supported Employment

What is Supported Employment?

Our Employment Specialists use an evidence-based practice, called Individual Placement Service (IPS), developed by Dartmouth College. Through IPS we focus on individual strengths and skills, not deficits. We work to place individuals in positions that offer competitive pay, fit their lives, and maximize their unique set of skills and strengths. Our program recognizes the indisputable value of Peer Delivered Services, and we integrate peer staff and volunteers whenever possible. We offer continued, individualized support to help clients maintain employment. 

Supported Employment Principles

  • People are regarded in terms of their abilities and strengths
  • Everyone has the capacity to work and contribute to their community
  • The primary goal is to find a natural fit between the person’s strengths and a job in the community
  • Employment enhances health and self-esteem
  • Emphasis is on individuals recovering from mental illness

Supported Employment Services

  • Assessment
    • Assessment is an ongoing process to determine skills, interests, and work goals
  • Job Match
    • A comprehensive approach matches each individual motivation to the most appropriate job
  • Job Development
    • Assistance is given to find competitive wage jobs within our community
  • Long Term Support
    • Unlimited support will be tailored to employers and employees needs


Employer Benefits

  • We help you offer a diversified staff to your customers
  • We match employee interest to your job description
  • Employers will have access to our experienced staff upon request
  • We provide information about potential financial incentives
  • Our professionals consult with your business to improve productivity
  • Our services are available at no charge to employers


Referral & Enrollment (Steps & Qualifications)

            1. Have a psychiatric disorder

            2. Be in enrolled in OHP

            3. Be enrolled with Coos Health & Wellness

            4. Request Working Wonders supported employment service from case manager

            5. The referral will be sent from CHW to WW and an appointment will be set up

            to initiate the service


Working Wonders

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