Vocational Services help adults with disabilities to find and keep paid jobs in the communities where they live. J & J Family Behavioral Health (J & J) will help adults develop behaviors, attitudes, skills, physical endurance and productivity necessary to be successful in getting and keeping a job. There are several programs in Vocational Services.
These include work assessments, preparation classes, job development, and placement programs. These programs are funded by the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services / Department of Rehabilitation Services, State of Connecticut.
Each client in Vocational Services will have an Individual Service Plan (ISP). The ISP will be put together by a group of people known as the “Interdisciplinary Team” or “ID Team” for short. This team will include you, your family or guardians (if desired), J & J staff, your Department of Rehabilitation Counselor, your doctors (if necessary), and any other people that you may want to be in the group. Your ISP will outline the vocational goals and objectives that you have and how you and your team are going to work together to obtain them.
All of J & J Family Behavioral Health staff are well trained. All staff are required to attend 7 training courses including behavior management classes, and are certified in First Aid and CPR. Newly hired staff must provide DMV and auto insurance information, pass a background check.
General J & J policies and procedures are reviewed during a new employee orientation. Staff will receive on the job training which includes reviewing specific job duties, a review or files, and shadowing trained staff.
A special thanks to OPTIONS Family of Services for some of the contents of this page.
How do I get J & J Family Behavioral Health’s Vocational Services?
In order to be eligible for J & J Family Behavioral Health’s vocational services, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must be 18 years or older
- Be considered safe in the community
- Have an open case with the Department of Rehabilitation
- Meet government work eligibility requirements
Next, you must ask your Department of Rehabilitation counselor to refer you for job development:
- Be referred by your Department of Rehabilitation counselor for job development
- Complete an application to receive services
**The authorization process may take several weeks, depending on how quickly we can get the necessary records.
When the Department of Rehabilitation gives us the OK, we will be authorized to help you find a job. In some cases, it may be determined that you need additional training before starting the development and placement program.
If a person has a criminal record, J & J Family Behavioral Health will fully cooperate to the extent required by law. Information will be provided to any enforcement agency that is formerly involved, providing there is documentation of such involvement. An example would be the probation department in which case J & J would obtain a copy of the court order regarding probation. Confidential information, which is not public record, will remain confidential and not be disclosed without the permission of the persons involved.