Vocational/Pre-vocational Services Handbook
Vocational Services helps adults with disabilities to find and keep paid jobs in the communities where they live. Reed Healthcare Services, Corp. 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 California Department of Rehabilitation.
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 Reed Healthcare Services, Corp.‘s 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, and be fingerprinted.
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.
Pre-vocational services are time-limited services that prepare a participant for paid or unpaid employment. This service specifically provides learning and work experiences where the individual with mental health and/or disabling substance use disorders can develop general, non-job-task-specific strengths and soft skills that contribute to employability in competitive work environment as well as in the integrated community settings. Pre-vocational services occur over a defined period of time; and with specific person-centered goals to be developed and achieved, as determined by the individual and his/her employment specialist and support team and ongoing person-centered planning process as identified in the individual’s person-centered plan of care.
Pre-vocational services provide support to individuals who need ongoing support to learn a new job and/or maintain a job in a competitive work environment or a self-employment arrangement. The outcome of this pre-vocational activity is documentation of the participant’s stated career objective and a career plan used to guide individual employment support.
How do I get J & J Family Home Health Care Vocational Services?
In order to be eligible for Reed Healthcare Services, Corp. vocation services, you must meet these 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 beginning the development and placement program.
If a person has a criminal record, Reed Healthcare Services, Corp. will fully cooperate to the extent required by law. Information will be provided to any enforcement agency that is formerly involved assuming 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.
Employment Preparation & Placement Process
Career Exploration Workshop / Employment Preparation
This is a preparation course taught by
’s Job Developer. The workshop provides life-long job skills training. Individuals referred are taught how to determine the right type of job match, how to complete an application, and will learn important interview skills. Each client will also be assisted in developing a resume.
The dress code for this workshop is business casual and punctuality is crucial. Sometimes the information taught in the course is on a 1:1 basis.
You will learn:
- Interview Skills
- Help Making a Resume
- Presentation and Hygiene
- Expectations at Work
- Social Skills at Work
- Appropriate Interaction in the Workplace
- Mobility Training in Use of Public Transportation
- Personal Budgeting, Banking, and Bill Payment
Once you have successfully completed the Career Exploration Workshop and Employment Preparation you will work cooperatively with your Job Developer to find a job that is well suited to your likes and abilities. It is important to understand that your job developer does not find the job for you, but helps you find your own job. What this means is that we will work with you to find your own job. We will work with you to find job leads and current information about any positions available. You will have to fill out applications and go to interviews for jobs you are interested in. We do not just “give” you a job but you will be fully supported by Vocational Services staff throughout the entire job seeking process.
The length of time it takes to find a job depends upon what type of job you are interested in and how many jobs are available in your areas of interest. It is important that you get a job that you like. It sometimes takes a few weeks to find the right job, and in some cases, it may take a few months or longer.
- Meet with your Job Developer
- Look for Job Openings
- Call your Job Developer
- Apply to Good Job Leads
A special thanks to OPTIONS Family of Services for the content provided in this Handbook.