Transitional Employment offers individuals the opportunity to prepare for and transition to competitive employment. Available to individuals age 18 and older who are living with disabilities, transitional employment supports individuals to acquire and improve their work skills in an integrated environment.
The primary goal of the program is to assess each person’s basic strengths and weaknesses in their work skills, and then work to improve those skills. Individuals learn social skills, increase their stamina, perform a variety of tasks, and gain confidence in a work setting that can be useful to them in preparation for moving to competitive employment.
Areas of emphasis include:
- Appearance and hygiene
- Work efficiency
- Communication skills
- Accepting feedback
- Adjusting to job pressures
Transitional Employment is provided through Gateway Employment Group, a program of Keystone Human Services Mental Health Services. Each transitional work site is integrated into existing work locations. Individuals benefit from working in environments where they can interact with others to reinforce the idea of working as a team. An employment specialist supervises the work group, which usually consists of one to four people, and provides feedback to support individuals to improve their performance.
Individuals are compensated at minimum wage for their work.
To be eligible for Transitional Employment, individuals must be stable, be physically capable of working, and be motivated to work. Each person must sign a release of information to receive documentation of a disability and vocational information. Supportive Employment is offered by Gateway Employment Group. The service will end when Gateway Employment Group and the individual agree that the person can maintain competitive employment without further support.