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Assisting Persons Served in Returning to Work

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Course Overview

This training video focuses on helping individuals with mental health and substance use issues return to meaningful work. It includes watching the video, reviewing attached documents, and completing a quiz with a passing score of at least 90%. The video emphasizes the importance of recovery, defined as a journey of healing and transformation, which enables individuals to live meaningful lives and achieve their potential. Recovery is supported by four dimensions: health, home, purpose, and community. The training primarily addresses the 'purpose' dimension, highlighting that work is a key element for many individuals in achieving meaningful daily activities, independence, income, and societal participation. Despite the desire and capacity to work, people with serious mental illnesses are employed at much lower rates due to systemic failures in providing necessary services and support. The video outlines various employment options, including volunteer work, temporary employment, part-time work, full-time work, government jobs, and self-employment, tailored to individual abilities and needs. It also discusses the importance of identifying documents, stable contact information, reliable transportation, and readiness to explain employment gaps. Additionally, the training covers the need for reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to support individuals in maintaining employment. It emphasizes the case manager's role in understanding clients' desires to work, educating them about employment barriers, and assisting them in job preparation and reasonable accommodation requests. The video concludes with the significance of developing community resources and relationships with employers willing to hire individuals with behavioral health conditions.

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