Organizational Employment Services
Organizational Employment Services are designed to provide paid work to the persons served in locations owned or managed by the Arnold Center. A critical component and value of Organizational Employment Services is to use the capacity of the organization’s employment and training service design to create opportunities for persons to achieve desired employment outcomes in their community of choice.
Service models offered by the organization are flexible and include a variety of business designs, including organization-managed businesses such as a retail store and coffee shop.
Some examples of the quality outcomes desired by the different participants of these services include:
- Movement to competitive employment.
- Movement to an integrated environment.
- Increased wages.
- Increased skills.
- Increased work hours.
- Exposure to and availability of a variety of jobs.
- Increased ability to interact with others as part of a professional team and to resolve interpersonal issues appropriately.
Needs for which Services are Provided:
Consistent with the fundamental purpose of the Arnold Center program, the Organizational Employment Program contributes to the support of persons with disabilities in a variety of work capacities including community and organizational based.. Services are determined through informed consumer choice, that is, after providing information about options and alternatives. Please note that program participants can be served in more than one activity at a time.
Services are available to individuals experiencing one or more of the following needs:
- Limited job seeking skills
- Limited vocational skills
- Limited social/interpersonal skills
Due to the operations of the organization, certain individuals cannot be served. Those conditions that fall into this category are:
- Individuals who pose a physical threat to themselves or others.
Organizational Employment Services are designed to assist the persons receiving services in obtaining access to resources and activities of their choosing. The people receiving these services are included in their communities to the degree they desire. As appropriate, participants are assisted in making relevant and informed choices that focus on the development of important career and other life skills.
Hours of Service
The Arnold Center is open for business from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; Organizational Employment Services are typically provided between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., however, to the extent possible, hours of service are tailored to meet the individual needs of the persons served. Many persons served participate in services during non-traditional work hours, evenings and weekends.
Days of Service
The Arnold Center’s typically offers programs Monday through Friday except for designated holidays. However, evening, weekend and even holiday work is not uncommon for those interested.
Though sponsorship is typically preapproved by Community Mental Health; Michigan Rehabilitation Services, school systems and private sponsorship all serve as sources of funding.
Call (989) 631-9570 for current fee schedule.
The Organizational Employment Program is a person-centered program, which serves as a resource and support service focusing on the inclusion of persons served into mainstream adult living.
Organizational Employment Services provides individuals the opportunity to develop specific work skills, attitudes, personal characteristics, work behaviors, interpersonal skills and functional capacities to achieve positive employment while remaining on the payroll of the Arnold Center. As a result of the skills developed through Organizational Employment Services, the customer will progress toward greater independence and more challenging work experiences.
Organizational Employment Services offers persons served a wide variety of work opportunities including, but not limited to: assembly, inspection, sorting, packaging, labeling, collating, and recycling. Many customers in organizational employment choose this option to gain skills for future community employment.
Organizational Employment Program offers the opportunity for vocational services and community inclusion to qualified persons residing in the Midland and Gladwin County areas. Persons referred typically possess barriers to their pursuit of equal access and full participation in employment opportunities. The following descriptions are not all-inclusive, but are representative of the persons served through Access Midland and Gladwin County Connection:
- Persons with disabilities (physical, mental, cognitive, emotional, etc.)
- Persons desiring community inclusion including opportunities to develop friendships
- Persons that desire to increase their self-advocacy and assertiveness skills
- Persons desiring opportunities to learn about work and employment related resources
- Persons desiring to develop work skills and attitudes
- Persons desiring integration into the employment setting
- Evidence of disability, Funding, Completed referral packet
The person served:
- Must be 16 years of age or older
- Must have current medical and/or psychological examinations as appropriate that documents person’s ability to attend programs.
- Must have a condition which interferes with their ability to function independently at work, home, school, or in the community.
- Must have a fiscal sponsor.
- Must have in their Individual Program Plan an objective(s) that can be met with the services and supports provided by the Arnold Center. Must be seen as benefiting from services and supports offered by the Arnold Center
- Must have basic self-care skills, i.e. dressing, grooming and/or hygiene.
- Must be able to make needs known to others.
- Must not be physically dangerous to self or others.
- Must have a required level of support that falls within the guidelines of the program, or receives additional supports which allow successful participation in the program.
- Must have the ability to access services - Own transportation or ability to ride local transit.
Individuals can choose at any time to participate in different internal activities/environments or to seek the services of a new provider. To initiate a change services, the person served simply needs to contact their Service Coordinator who in turn will schedule a planning session with the person’s Person Centered Planning Team.
The decision to transition should be planned by the customer and his/her support team. In preparing for transition, a plan should be developed which provides for the smooth transition of the person served from Organizational Employment to another interagency program or to an external provider. The development of the plan shall involve the customer, and as appropriate parents, guardians, sponsoring agent, new provider, if appropriate, and any other pertinent staff.
If the customer chooses to exit services to attempt placement in competitive employment, and if circumstances beyond his/her control result in job loss within sixty (60) days of employment, the customer may return to Organizational Employment as soon as a suitable opening is available.
As a method of follow-up, the Arnold Center will maintain contact with all persons served prior and following transition to new services. It is the policy of Arnold Center to contact each customer or a customer’s advocate 90 days after transition to external service providers to ensure that the transition plan has been effective in meeting the needs of the person.
Persons receiving services from the Organizational Employment may be exit from the program for one or more of the following reasons:
- Person served no longer desires to participate in the program and requests to leave the program for any reason.
- Person served demonstrates very limited or no potential to benefit from the program.
- Person served no longer meets entrance criteria (health status change, no longer meets Community Mental Health criteria, funding discontinued, etc.)
- Person served health and/or safety would be jeopardized by continued participation in the program.
- Person served can no longer attend the program due to an anticipated or unanticipated change in residence.
- Person served has received the full benefit of the program and is prepared to move to a less restrictive environment.
- Person served develops a medical condition that Arnold Center is prohibited from serving.
- Person served, following strategic interventions, exhibits behavior(s) that are disruptive of program activities or are otherwise specified in the Participant Handbook as deserving of discharge from the program if not corrected; namely (a) consistently poor hygiene, (b) abuse of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs during program hours, and (c) threatening injury to persons or property, etc.
- Person served requires a level of staff support that denies other program participants their right to program services, if additional support is not provided by the funding source.