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    Programs that find paid, meaningful work in a variety of community-based settings for people who have disabilities and which assign a "job coach" to work side-by-side with each client to interface with the employer and other employees, and provide training in basic job skills and work-related behaviors, assistance with specific tasks as needed and whatever other initial or ongoing support is required to ensure that the individual retains competitive employment. Included are individual placement models in which a job coach works on-the-job with a single individual and group models such as enclaves (which are self-contained work units of people needing support) and mobile work crews, in which a group of workers with disabilities receives continuous support and supervision from supported employment personnel. In the enclave model, groups of people with disabilities are trained to work as a team alongside employees in the host business supported by a specially trained on-site supervisor, who may work either for the host company or the placement agency. A variation of the enclave approach is called the "dispersed enclave" and is used in service industries (e.g., restaurants and hotels). Each person works on a separate job, and the group is dispersed throughout the company. In the mobile work crew model, a small team of people with disabilities works as a self-contained business and undertakes contract work such as landscaping and gardening projects. The crew works at various locations in a variety of settings within the community under the supervision of a job coach.

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    Service NameDescriptionLocationProgramAgency
    ACHIEVA VocationalSupported Employment, Transitional Work Services, Pre-Vocational Services, Adult Day Programs.AlleghenyACHIEVAACHIEVA
    AHEDD - Greater Allegheny County AreaProvides services to persons with disabilities that will help them to obtain competitive employment. Services include pre-employment services, job placement, on and off-site job support and coaching, follow-along to help maintain job, and benefits counseling.AlleghenyAHEDD, Inc.AHEDD, Inc.
    AHEDD Inc. - Butler and Lawrence CountyAHEDD is a specialized human resource organization with a mission to serve the community as a catalyst in the employment and development of “people with a disabilities” AHEDD contracts with all government and private pay funding sources and we provide services to youth and adults from ages 14 to 64 years all across Pennsylvania. LawrenceAHEDD Inc, - Lawrence CountyAHEDD, Inc.
    ARC of Fayette County Job Assistance for Persons with Intellectual and Physical DisabilitiesProvides job opportunities and training for individuals with intellectual developmental disabilitiesFayetteJob Assistance for Persons with Intellectual DisabilitiesARC of Fayette County
    Chartiers Community Center Employment / Training CenterProvides in-house training and supported employment (when appropriate) to develop the skills necessary for individuals with intellectual disabilities to secure and maintain a job. Ongoing supports are provided as needed to ensure skill levels are maintained and there is job satisfaction. Also offers support for personal needs, health and safety, communication, daily living skills and social supports.AlleghenyChartiers Center Intellectual Disabilities DepartmentChartiers Community MH/MR Center, Inc.
    Follow Along ServicesAHEDD commits to provide support and guidance to our program participants for at least 12 months after they first go to work. This commitment to ongoing (follow along) support is a great benefit for both our program participants and employers. We not only want people to get a job, we want them to stay employed. While the level of support is customized according to need, providing such Follow Along services helps the individual to maintain employment, address career development issues, and enhance their economic well being. AHEDD is there to help with any type of issue that could impact someone’s ability to maintain employment successfully. We can make a difference by guiding folks on how to address conflicts with co-workers or supervisors, assessing production deficiencies and providing possible solutions, assisting folks with how to handle their responsibilities for reporting earnings to SSA, and much more.FranklinAHEDD - Franklin & FultonAHEDD, Inc.
    Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies Supported EmploymentAssistance with finding employment.CambriaGoodwill of the Southern Alleghenies Community Employment ServicesGoodwill of the Southern Alleghenies
    Hope Enterprises - Community Employment ServicesCommunity Employment Services (CES) assists people with developmental disabilities with finding employment. Job coaches provide free, on-the-job training to individuals with mental retardation. A job coach will work with the employee until the employer is satisfied with the individual's work performance. At that time, the job coach will gradually withdraw support from the worksite, a process known as "fading," enabling the employee to function at a fully independent level.LycomingJob Placement and TrainingHope Enterprises
    Lark Enterprises - Supported EmploymentSupported employment services assist individuals who need ongoing support in a work setting due to a disability. The services are designed for individuals who are competitively employed and also for those who are seeking competitive employment. Supported employment includes job finding and job support services.LawrenceCommunity-Based ServicesLark Enterprises
    Life'sWork of Western PA - AlleghenyA non-profit organization whose mission is to increase the quality of life of persons with disabilities and others with barriers to employment through productive employment opportunities.AlleghenyLife'sWork of Western PALife'sWork of Western PA
    Life'sWork of Western PA - Customer Service Representative TrainingThis program teaches the skills necessary for individuals with or without disabilities to find employment in the customer service industry.AlleghenyLife'sWork of Western PALife'sWork of Western PA
    Life'sWork of Western PA - Employment Preparation and Placement ServicesThe program is designed to prepare and place individuals with disabilities or other barriers to employment in competitive jobs. Both Services include pre-employment services, such as resume, job readiness preparation, preparation, mock interviews and interviewing skills.AlleghenyLife'sWork of Western PALife'sWork of Western PA
    Living Unlimited - Vocational Programming Trial Job Experience and Supported Employment - North Regional OfficeTheir Community-Based Work Assessment assists individuals with cognitive and/or physical impairments, including those with mental health issues, traumatic brain injury, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, autism, and so on, with trial work experience (unpaid) in real work settings with employers in their community. If a job opening exists, employers will have the opportunity to evaluate the work. The assessment includes evaluation of work behaviors, interpersonal skills, work site integration, work skills, and necessary onsite support by Employment Specialists. They offer on-going support to the employer and employee after the trial period is completed.LycomingLiving Unlimited - North Central PA Regional OfficeLiving Unlimited
    Mental Health Vocational Rehabilitation ProgramFor those individuals who are unable to maintain employment in a competitive environment due to mental illness, OSI provides for employment in a setting that allows the individual to work at his/her own level of capability. This program offers training in all spheres of employment to include job training on a variety of jobs, social competence in the work place, and worker personality. The individual is provided with a Program Specialist and assigned to a work area where he/she receives assistance to reach their highest level of employ-ability. At OSI, clients perform in-house subcontracting services for local companies. Individuals earn a paycheck which is commensurate with their production.FranklinOccupational Services, Inc- Franklin ProgramOccupational Services, Inc
    Mercy Behavioral Health - BrooklineA Facility Based Vocation Training program focusing on job readiness training in preparation for future employment in the community. Individuals earn a paycheck by completing contract work procured from area businesses. In addition, the individuals participate in groups such as interviewing skills that promote job readiness.AlleghenyMercy Behavioral HealthPittsburgh Mercy Health System
    Mercy Behavioral Health North Hills CenterMental Health Services: Adult Treatment: outpatient family therapy, marriage and divorce counseling, psychological testing, crisis management, and medication clinic. Support Treatment: post-hospital care, counseling, medication clinic, crisis management, home visits; and training and social rehabilitation services. Day Treatment Programs: for adults in crisis who wish to avoid or need an alternative to hospitalization. Adolescent and Children's Services: individual, group, and play therapies for emotional and behavioral difficulties; treatment planned on an individual basis. Community Residential Rehabilitation: supervised housing providing guidance and counseling in daily living skills for mentally ill adults. In-Patient Psychiatric Care: provided by Mercy Providence Hospital and Mercy Hospital. Intellectual disability services: facility-based vocational training and competitive supported employment. Combined services: psychiatric evaluation, psychological testing, case management, crisis intervention, mobile crisis intervention, and information and referral.AlleghenyMercy Behavioral HealthPittsburgh Mercy Health System
    PA Vocational Rehabilitation Office - OVR PittsburghComplete vocational rehabilitation services, including work potential evaluation and both physical and mental restoration services. Offers job placement, training program placement, counseling, and guidance service. Provides prostheses, braces, wheelchairs, and adaptive equipment as needed.AlleghenyPA Vocational Rehabilitation Office OVR)PA Vocational Rehabilitation Office (OVR)
    Person Directed Supports, Inc. - Franklin CountyAdult Day Programs - Day programs are created to meet each individual’s needs and skill set. Both licensed and unlicensed day programs are held in a safe and caring environment with a team of human service professionals. Adult Residential Programs - Support is provided to individuals in community homes or life sharing with a host family. Each individual is evaluated to determine which living environment will work best for them depending on their needs, wants, and goals. Behavioral Services - Behavior support services use empirically-validated practices to identify the causes of, intervene to prevent, and create appropriate reactions to problematic behavior. Vocational Training - Vocational Training provides the supports individuals need to successfully find and maintain a job. Individuals receive assistance to build their resume and discover their skills and abilities. Companionship Services - A companion is a Direct Services Professional that provides support in the individuals own home while assisting with daily activities and functions.LehighPerson Directed Supports, Inc.Person Directed Supports, Inc.
    Person Directed Supports, Inc. - LancasterAdult Day Programs - Day programs are created to meet each individual’s needs and skill set. Both licensed and unlicensed day programs are held in a safe and caring environment with a team of human service professionals. Adult Residential Programs - Support is provided to individuals in community homes or life sharing with a host family. Each individual is evaluated to determine which living environment will work best for them depending on their needs, wants, and goals. Behavioral Services - Behavior support services use empirically-validated practices to identify the causes of, intervene to prevent, and create appropriate reactions to problematic behavior. Vocational Training - Vocational Training provides the supports individuals need to successfully find and maintain a job. Individuals receive assistance to build their resume and discover their skills and abilities. Companionship Services - A companion is a Direct Services Professional that provides support in the individuals own home while assisting with daily activities and functions.LehighPerson Directed Supports, Inc.Person Directed Supports, Inc.
    Person Directed Supports, Inc. - Lehigh Valley AreaAdult Day Programs - Day programs are created to meet each individual’s needs and skill set. Both licensed and unlicensed day programs are held in a safe and caring environment with a team of human service professionals. Adult Residential Programs - Support is provided to individuals in community homes or life sharing with a host family. Each individual is evaluated to determine which living environment will work best for them depending on their needs, wants, and goals. Behavioral Services - Behavior support services use empirically-validated practices to identify the causes of, intervene to prevent, and create appropriate reactions to problematic behavior. Vocational Training - Vocational Training provides the supports individuals need to successfully find and maintain a job. Individuals receive assistance to build their resume and discover their skills and abilities. Companionship Services - A companion is a Direct Services Professional that provides support in the individuals own home while assisting with daily activities and functions.LehighPerson Directed Supports, Inc.Person Directed Supports, Inc.
    Person Directed Supports, Inc. - York CountyAdult Day Programs - Day programs are created to meet each individual’s needs and skill set. Both licensed and unlicensed day programs are held in a safe and caring environment with a team of human service professionals. Adult Residential Programs - Support is provided to individuals in community homes or life sharing with a host family. Each individual is evaluated to determine which living environment will work best for them depending on their needs, wants, and goals. Behavioral Services - Behavior support services use empirically-validated practices to identify the causes of, intervene to prevent, and create appropriate reactions to problematic behavior. Vocational Training - Vocational Training provides the supports individuals need to successfully find and maintain a job. Individuals receive assistance to build their resume and discover their skills and abilities. Companionship Services - A companion is a Direct Services Professional that provides support in the individuals own home while assisting with daily activities and functions.LehighPerson Directed Supports, Inc.Person Directed Supports, Inc.
    Pittsburgh Disability Employment Project for FreedomPittsburgh Disability Employment Project for Freedom provides a business directed training resulting in competitive employment for people with disabilities. Project for Freedom is a 10-week training program followed by a 2-week job shadow/internship experience. The training is focused on beginner to intermediate level computer skills, call center support, job search and professional skills. Students are evaluated for employment opportunities based on both hard skills related to their potential profession and soft skills such as communication, interpersonal skills, work ethic, and leadership. The purpose of this program is placement in unsupported competitive employment. Goals include:
    • Learn valuable customer service skills (NO collections/telemarketing), Windows 7, Microsoft Office, computer security and more.
    • Develop soft skills for workplace success: critical thinking, problem solving, communication, attitude, teamwork and ethics.
    • Gain job hunting skills, develop a resume, polish interviewing and public speaking skills.
    • Discuss employment goals and opportunities, and meet with our corporate partners for possible recruitment.
    AlleghenyPittsburgh Disability Employment Project for FreedomVolunteers of America of Pennsylvania - Sharpsburg
    Pittsburgh Mercy Penn Avenue ClubhouseThis program features a "work-ordered day" designed to promote social and vocational skills and readiness. Also offers transitional employment placements as well as support and assistance toward obtaining independent, competitive employment.AlleghenyMercy Behavioral HealthPittsburgh Mercy Health System
    Saint Michael's Harbour - Erie OfficeHelps adults with autism and other intellectual disabilities by providing job skills training and the supports needed to obtain and sustain meaningful employment. They offer comprehensive and individualized vocational assessment, community based work assessment, job seeking and placement services, supported employment, post employment services, post secondary education support, social skills group, family involvement, community integration, community inclusion, independent living skills training, transportation, financial coordination services and outpatient counseling.ErieSaint Michael's Harbour - Erie OfficeSaint Michael's Harbour
    Services to Visually Impaired/BlindAccess Technology Training: Introduces people who are blind or visually impaired to computer software and the internet and advance computer skills. Evaluation of low video magnifier, vision aids and store on site. Production: Provides employment to people with disabilities (minimum wage). Radio Reading: Individuals who are print reading impaired receive news, information, broadcasts of special events and other programming. Reading and recording of information for individuals. Also do Braille production. Prevention: Preschool vision and hearing screening for children ages 3-5. Adult screenings at businesses, civic organiztions, health fairs. Public awareness presentations. Free eye care and glasses for those who meet financial guidelines.DauphinVision Resources of Central PennsylvaniaVision Resources of Central Pennsylvania
    Step-By-StepCommunity residential services, intermediate care, and pre-vocational training services for adults with intellectual disabilities. As a state-wide agency, provides mental health residential services outside of Allegheny County.AlleghenyStep-By-StepStep-By-Step
    Supported Employment ProgramDesigned to assist individuals with disabilities in obtaining and maintaining integrated, competitive employment within the community. Services under this program may include job development and job search assistance, including completion of applications, resume writing, and interviewing techniques. Once a job is secured, the employer’s training is reinforced, and supplemented as needed, by a one-on-one Job Coach. Intensive support and training is provided on a time limited basis and is phased out as the individual masters the job. Individuals may be provided with follow-up services when appropriate, as funding is available. This program is generally funded by the state through the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and Franklin/Fulton MH/MR.FranklinOccupational Services, Inc- Franklin ProgramOccupational Services, Inc
    The Arc of Butler County - Career Opportunities for the Disabled (COD)The Arc of Butler County offers a supportive employment program focusing on pairing employees with employers.ButlerThe Arc of Butler County - Career Opportunities for the Disabled (COD)The Arc of Butler County
    Transitional Work ProgramThis program provides vocational skills training and job coaching to individuals in a competitive work environment. Individuals are allowed opportunity to obtain real world work experience and demands with the support of a job coach. This service is an extension of OSIs in-house pre-vocational program and is a step toward preparing the individual for competitive employment. Transitional Work enables individuals to increase skill levels and task knowledge while decreasing the need for intensive supervision and training. In this program individuals work within a work crew of up to six people under the direction of a crew leader, or Job Coach. Though the client is not employed by the host business, opportunity is given to be trained on a variety of tasks in order to gain competence in meeting demands similar to those in competitive employment situations. Readiness and motivation for competitive employment are assessed, and competitive employment is a possible outcome for the individual.FranklinOccupational Services, Inc- Franklin ProgramOccupational Services, Inc
    United Community Independence ProgramsResidential SupportCrawfordUnited Community Independence ProgramsUnited Community Independence Programs
    Wesley Family Services - Supported EmploymentSupported Employment is a community based program that assists individuals with mental illness find and keep competitive employment in the community; to find jobs in the open market that pay at least minimum wage; and are in work settings that include people who are not disabled.AlleghenyBehavioral Health ServicesWesley Family Services
    Wesley Spectrum Highland Pre-Vocational Summer ProgramProvides a paid pre-vocational work adjustment experience for High School transition age students who have an IEP identified need for developing positive social skills, work readiness skills, positive self-concept and personal responsibility as applied to the workplace. Special Education Services Provided: Program includes job coaching, individual intervention, milieu intervention, behavior management, group intervention, real life experience and work readiness training. AlleghenyWesley Spectrum ServicesWesley Spectrum Services
    Work Incentive Counseling (WIC)Many people receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) would like to explore work opportunities or increase their earnings, but are concerned about losing cash benefits and health care. While these benefits are intended to provide basic support for millions of persons with disabilities, they have evolved as a new obstacle to the search for gainful employment and greater participation in community living. Since 2001, AHEDD has been helping participants understand how to maximize their benefits and related work incentives to achieve greater financial independence and reach their employment goals. We can provide WIC to anyone receiving an SSI and/or SSDI cash payment between the ages of 14 and 64. Ideally, this service is for persons who are working or are considering work in the near future.FranklinAHEDD - Franklin & FultonAHEDD, Inc.

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