Employment and Addiction Issues
Recovery Resources, a member of NEOCH and partner in the struggle to find stability for those with mental illness, alcoholism, drug and other addictions, will be awarded the Lilly Reintegration Award in the field of employment services from the National Council of Behavioral Health on April 16, 2012 at their Annual Conference. This national award celebrates the achievements of those in the community who dedicate themselves to improving the lives of individuals with serious mental illness. Recovery Resources was named the Honorable Mention winner and will be awarded $5,000.
In a press release Debora Rodriguez said, "We are excited and honored to receive this award. "Employment is such an important part of the recovery process for our clients, giving stability, structure, socialization, and an increased sense of self-worth. Again and again we've seen improvement in our clients as they hone their job-seeking skills and become employed. Our staff works diligently to find the right job for each client; in just the last seven months, we've placed 109 clients in jobs with an average wage of $9.10 per hour," said Rodriquez who is President and CEO of Recovery Resources.
Recovery Resources' Employment Services include job-seeking skills, vocational and job skills training, placement in competitive employment, ongoing job support, and a job club. The agency also acts as a temporary agency for employers who need employees on an as-needed basis. In addition, Recovery Resources has three established social enterprise businesses-janitorial, custom framing, and in-house cafes-all of which employ clients. The temporary agency and social enterprises are not only resources for clients, but also generate revenue to support agency programming.
Recovery Resources works closely with the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission through its Vocational Rehabilitation Public and Private Partnership (VRP3) and Recovery to Work programs, and has established relationships with a wide variety of employers in the region. Employment Services at Recovery Resources follows the Supported Employment model, and the agency works with the Center for Evidence Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University to maintain fidelity to this model. The Supported Employment model shows higher success rates than other models of employment services for clients with mental illness.
This comes from the Recovery Resources Press Release
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