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Supported Employment Services for Persons with Mental Illness

If you have a serious mental illness and are having a hard time finding a job or keeping a job, this program could help you do both.

Having a job can help you

  • afford to buy the things you need and want
  • build a bond with your community
  • improve your self-esteem
  • find a direction and added purpose in your life

This is how it works

  • If you are at least 18 years of age and you have a serious mental illness, you can choose to participate in this program.
  • The program will bring together professionals who will work together for your benefit.
  • The job you will be matched with is in the general labor market and will pay at least minimum wage.
  • The job you get will be based on your preferences, strengths and experience.
  • If you already receive SSI, SSDI, Section 8 housing or Medicaid, someone will talk to you about how having a job may affect those benefits. If you are like most people, you will be able to work and continue to receive some benefits.
  • We’ll start helping you find a job soon after you start in the program.
  • We will continue to be there to support you as long as you want us to be.

Contact one of the agencies in the list below to see how this program can help you.

ACHIEVA’s Supported Employment
Life’s Work of Western PA Career Connections
Mercy Behavioral Health
Milestone Centers, Inc. 
Mon Yough Community Services, Inc., Supported Employment 
Turtle Creek Valley MH/MR, Inc., Employment Services 

Related Information 

Benefits Counseling
Community Work Incentive Coordinator William Colteryahn provides benefits counseling. Contact him at 412-381-3313 or William.Colteryahn@ahedd.org.

It Pays to Work - Are You Ready to Cash In? - A Guide for People Who Receive SSI/SSDI
Published in 2010 by Allegheny Health Choices, Inc. 

Plan to Improve Employment Outcomes for People in Recovery
DHS Office of Behavioral Health