Individuals receiving services through Kuhn’s Middletown office are funded through the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS).  To participate in these programs individuals must be eighteen years of age or older, a resident of Middlesex County, Lyme or Old Lyme, meet the DMHAS definitions for having a severe and prolonged mental illness and being poor, receive DMHAS-funded clinical services, demonstrate a desire to work and have an impairment in vocational functioning.  The two programs described below are offered via the Middletown office. 

Supported Employment:

This program provides the individualized supports necessary for persons served to obtain and maintain competitive, community employment that meets their needs and interests.  Competitive employment is defined as earning minimum wage or higher with the participant being paid directly by the employer.  Program services are provided by an ES and include, but are not limited to, vocational planning, job matching, job seeking skills training, job development & placement, time-limited job coaching, job counseling and, follow along support.  An Individualized Service Plan (ISP) is established for each participant to guide effective, person-centered service delivery. 

Vocational Mentor Program (VMP):

The VMP is a peer support program that provides individuals who are being successfully discharged from the Supported Employment Program continued vocational support by a peer mentor.  As an individual’s need for job-related support decreases, the mentor and the Employment Specialist (ES) work collaboratively to offer the participant ongoing support at a less intensive level.  A Job Support Group is available to all VMP and Supported Employment program participants, and is also open to any individual with a mental illness who resides in the service area and has a desire to work. 

For more information contact Beth Fisher, Executive Director at 203.235.2583.

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