Employment Resource Book
*This 217 page file is large (2.438 MB) and may take awhile to download
This resource book is designed for you if you have had mental health problems and you are now considering finding a job, you have already decided to find a job, or you already have a job in the general workforce. Finding a part-time or full-time job in the general workforce—a job not set aside for people with disabilities—is known as competitive employment. This resource book is designed to help you think about working and guide you before, during and/or after your competitive employment job search. It will also help you move your life in a meaningful direction.
The resource book is based on the principles and practices of effective employment services that help people seek work independently.This resource book does not recommend lengthy pre-work activities, because they have not been shown to help people find competitive employment.
Instead, this is an action-oriented book, meaning that it encourages you to make thoughtful choices and then consider taking steps toward finding and keeping a job that’s right for you.
Links Regarding Decision to Disclose a Disability
or Taking Time Off From Work
When you Need to Take Time Off Work for Mental Health Reasons, Harvard Business Review article, by Barbara Ricci, March 27, 2018. Barbara Ricci is a senior advisor in behavioral health at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy in the School of Social Policy & Practice. She is also a board member at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and a former managing director at two global banks (UBS and Deutsche Bank)
We Can Work Campaign: The Employment Tool for People with Psychiatric Disabilities in New York State includes section on pros and cons of revealing disability at different times
The 411 on Disability Disclosure: National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth
10 Things to Know about Disabilities and Disclosure in the Workplace through Rochester Works!, September 5, 2012
2017 Red Book (also Español)
A SUMMARY GUIDE TO EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES UNDER THE SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY INSURANCE (SSDI) AND SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME (SSI) PROGRAMS
"What's New in 2018" (also Español)
VESID program (Vocational Rehabilitation). ACCES-VR provides vocational counseling and rehabilitation services that result in successful employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities and their employers.
Independent Living Center could perhaps provide information relating to employment in Orange County.
-Middletown or -Newburgh
NAMI-NYS Supported Employment Information
Scroll toward bottom of the page
Path to Work/Ticket to Work
Whether you are just considering working, ready to find a service provider to help you, are looking for a job, or already working and want to keep on the road to financial independence, explore the Path to Work to learn more at every part of your journey. Select the phase that best describes where you are on your journey at the top and then use the blue buttons to navigate to each article.
Phase 1:Ticket to Work discusses what you should know about when considering working while on benefits. It discusses the Ticket to Work program, dispels myths about working on benefits, and provides you the success stories of real people who used the program to inspire you.
Phase 2: Ready to Work helps you determine your own work goals then find a Ticket to Work service provider that can help you best.
Phase 3: Getting a Job takes you step by step through the process of getting ready to enter the workforce, finding and applying for jobs, and being prepared for interviews.
Phase 4: Managing Your Job provides information to keep you on the path to a better future once you are hired including starting your job the right way, managing money and understanding the impact of work on benefits.
New York Makes Work Pay
New York Makes Work Pay is a statewide initiative intended to dramatically improve the rate of employment among people with disabilities funded by the Center for Medicaid Services. The initiative's seven goals target sustainable, comprehensive policy and practice solutions to address the state's estimated 70% unemployment rate among working-age people with disabilities. It will positively impact individuals, employers, service providers, communities, funders and policy-makers by building skills, awareness, partnerships and resources to achieve improved and lasting workforce participation and self-sufficiency outcomes.