Supported Employment

Supported Employment (SE), an evidence-based practice, emphasizes zero exclusion, consumer preferences, rapid job search and placement, integration with mental health services, benefits advocacy, and time-unlimited supports to help persons with mental illness find competitive jobs in the community.

Consistently, research has demonstrated Supported Employment programs are effective in helping individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses secure and retain employment.

Supported Employment offers guidance through all phases of the process of obtaining employment.

  • Discussion of Strengths, Needs, Abilities, and Preferences 
  • Benefits Planning
  • Assessment of Interests
  • Job Search Support
  • Resume Writing
  • Application Assistance
  • Interviewing
  • Job Coaching Follow-Along Support at the Job Site

If you are interested in beginning the process of identifying your career interests and strengths as well as barriers to employment, Community Support Services is ready to assist you enter the world of work.

How We Helped Last Year?

  • 109 Consumers entered Supported Employment 
  • 198 Consumers were served in Supported Employment
  • 113 Consumers were placed in Competitive Employment
  • Average Hourly Wage - $10.29/hour
  • Average Weekly Hours – 26 Hours

An initial employment orientation is held every Thursday @ 10:30am at Community Support Services, 640 Wolf Ledges Parkway. An appointment is not needed to attend orientation.

Referrals are accepted from Community Support Services, Child Guidance & Family Solutions, Community Health Center, and Portage Path Behavioral Health.

Community Support Services provides Supported Employment services for residents of Summit County.

Any questions, please call 330-253-9675.