Employment Outcomes for Supported Employment Clients in the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Jun 1996 |
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This follow-up study tracks employment outcomes; job retention and average monthly wages up to two years for individuals who received supported employment services and entered competitive employment. The supported employment program structures jobs and provides support services so individuals with the most severe disabilities can work in a competitive, integrated setting and remain employed. Authors found that, for those who had developmental disabilities, about 70 percent were still employed after the first and the second year. For those who had disabilities related to mental health, about 70 percent were still employed at the end of the first year, about 50 percent at the end of the second year. Wages among those remaining employed were between $400 and $500 per month the first year, increasing to about $570 at the end of the second year. These wages were obtained by working, on average, about half time, at $5 to $6 per hour.

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