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Overall Work Time

  • 65% Direct Service
  • 20% Indirect Service 10% Administrative

Vocational Service (Direct and Indirect of overall work time)

  • 15% Collaboration with non-voc mental health agency staff (case managers, psychiatrists,
  •   other treatment team members) and other collaborators, including Vocational Rehabilitation    counselors, family and friends
  • 15% Pre-Employment Counseling and Support (prior to job obtainment)
  • 30% Job Search
  • 30% Job Support (after job obtainment)

Work Location

  • 60% Community (minimum time spent out of agency setting)


  • 25 clients or less on individual caseload.

Vocational Services

  • Provide only vocational services.
  • Don't assume role of case manager, residential worker, or other staff positions.

Vocational Generalists

  • Conduct all phases of vocational service (engagement, assessment, job search, job support).

Vocational Unit

  • Provide services for each other's clients as part of backup and support.
  • Weekly vocational group supervision.

Integration of Vocational and Mental Health Treatment

  • Participate in regular team meetings for each client. Talk to other service providers frequently.

Vocational Assessment

  • Based on competitive job experiences NOT on a battery of tests or other pencil and paper evaluations.

Job Search

  • Start search directly (without lengthy evaluation and assessment) making first employer contact within one   month of client beginning in the vocational program, and at a pace comfortable to the client.
  • Discuss disclosure of disability with client and determine employment specialist's role with employers.
  • Seek permanent, competitive jobs.
  • Conduct client-specific search based on client preferences, skills, and experiences.
  • Less than 10% of jobs will be in same job category or with the same employer as others on employment  specialist's caseload.
  • Search is often conducted by making networking contacts (employer network, client's personal network,    etc.).
  • Help find another job experience after one has ended, utilizing principle of ongoing assessment.

Job Supports

  • Provide ongoing, individualized job supports.

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