Career, Training and Employment
Career, Training and Employment services may include vocational training, supported employment, jobplacement services and supports to pursue a certificate or degree.Training programs also include skills training to promote independent living. Home and Community-Based Services Waivers often include employment and pre-employment services and supports. See Coordinated Care Programs for more information.
Clubhouse Services are programs that provide individuals with mental health needs with support services to develop skills in social networking, independent living, budgeting, accessing transportation, self-care, maintaining educational goals, and securing and retaining employment. Clubhouses help people live a productive and stable life in the community. They are funded, in part, by the Department of Mental Health.
Communication Access, Training and Technology Services (CATTS)
Communication Access, Training and Technology Services (CATTS) provides information resources to the public related to issues of deafness and hearing loss, including communication access training. CATTS is offered through the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Community Based Flexible Supports (CBFS)
Community Based Flexible Supports (CBFS) provide rehabilitative interventions and supports to help individuals restore or maintain independent living, manage behavioral health, promote wellness, and manage medical conditions in the community. CBFS is administered through the Department of Mental Health.
Disability Law Center – Planning for Life After Special Education
Disability Law Center – Planning for Life After Special Education offers information on transition services available to youth ages 14-21 with disabilities. Transition services teach students with disabilities life and work skills while they are still in school.
Goodwill Industries is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to help individuals with barriers to self-sufficiency to achieve independence and dignity through work. Goodwill offers job training and career services to low income youth and adults and individuals with disabilities.
Employment Supports include supervision, training and transportation that support individuals with intellectual disabilities as they obtain and retain paying jobs. Employment Supports are available to individuals with intellectual disabilities through the Department of Developmental Services.
One Stop Career Centers
One Stop Career Centers connects workers and employers in Massachusetts. One Care Career Center website includes job listings, training opportunities, and information on aid and benefits.
Orientation and Mobility (O&M)
Orientation and Mobility (O&M) services include training by specialists who provide people who are blind or have low vision with individualized travel training programs within the person’s home, workplace, and community. These services bring the individual back to the independent travel he or she had before vision loss, or to provide the more experienced traveler with orientation to a new environment. O&M is available through the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind and through the Money Follows the Person Demonstration Program.
Project IMPACT (Individual Members Planning and Accessing Choices Together)
Project IMPACT (Individual Members Planning and Accessing Choices Together) provides individualized benefit counseling to MRC consumers, their family members, employment provider organizations, school systems and state agencies throughout Massachusetts.
Rehabilitation Teaching is a program to help individuals who are blind learn new ways of performing activities of daily living. Rehabilitation Teachers or Vision Rehabilitation Therapists train persons with vision impairments in the use of compensatory skills and assistive technology to enable them to live safe, productive, and independent lives. Rehabilitation Training is available through the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.
Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)
Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) provides training, counseling, and community service assignments at non-profit organizations to low-income people ages 55 and over. SCSEP is administered by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.
Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Services
Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Services is a service of the Veterans Administration (VA) and provides vocational rehabilitation services to assist veterans with service-connected disabilities achieve their occupational goals.
Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a series of specially designed services offered to an adult with disabilities to help find and enter into employment of their choice. VR for individuals who are blind is offered through the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind and VR for individuals with other disabilities is available through the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.
Work Incentive Counseling
Work Incentive Counseling assists individuals with disabilities – in particular those who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) - to understand how working and earning or increasing wages impacts these and other public benefits. BenePLAN is a program of the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center.