Employment and Income Supports 1/23/2004 The unemployment rate of persons with severe mental illnesses remains extraordinarily high - up to 80-90%, according to some estimates. Persons with severe mental illnesses are one of the largest populations on the federal disability rolls.
Get Better Coverage Read a new guide for companies on how to craft effective healthcare contracts that cover both mental health and general healthcare.
Ticket to Work Recommendations SSI and SSDI beneficiaries with mental illness continue to be frustrated
in their effort to use the 1999 Ticket to Work and Work Incentives
Improvement Act (TWWIIA) to leave the disability rolls and enter the
workforce. NAMI member and consumer Randy Bosin has developed his own
proposal for fixing the "Ticket" program and more fundamentally
addressing the inequities in SSA's disability programs.
"Legacy of Failure" A NAMI report recommends a series of changes designed to make the VR program more flexible and responsive to the employment and training needs of consumers.
Association for Persons in Supported Employment A membership organization focusing on improving employment opportunities for people experiencing disabilities. Information, resources, advocacy, education, national, state, and local policy development, and public education.
The Work Site An information section of Social Security online, this site offer information for beneficiaries and employers on the Ticket to Work Program, including a free national referral service for employers, Ticket to Work fact sheet, frequently asked questions, and protection and advocacy information.
National Mental Health Association Publications "Supported Employment for Persons With Disabilities", a review of effective services, and "Employment Development for Services for Adults in Recovery form Mental Illness", a position statement on employment services for people recovering from mental illness. Information about model programs, "Partners in Care: Community Access to Recovery of Empowerment."
The ADA: A Primer for Small Businesses The workshops will address such topics as the "definition of disability," interviewing job applicants with disabilities, and how to make reasonable accommodations within a small business.
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