Individuals with serious mental illness who want to work are eligible to participate in the Center's new supported employment program. After being named a Darthmouth Research Site, the Center has started an evidence-based program to assist individuals with serious mental illness to find and to maintain a job. Individuals who are at least 16 years of age and older with an Axis I mental health diagnosis (SPMI) may participate at any stage of their recovery. Currently, the program serves individuals in Orange and Chatham counties.
The Center is one of three North Carolina sites selected to participate in North Carolina’s Individual Placement and Support (IPS) supported employment initiative.
The IPS model bypasses traditional pre-employment assessment and training. With assistance from IPS-trained employment specialists, Center clients decide what type of work they want to do. Employment specialists make the employee-employer connection and provide additional support to help individuals with employment issues as they continue working.
The program collaborates with the North Carolina Divisions of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services and Vocational Rehabilitation.
For information: 919-636-0036