County Rehabilitation Center, Inc.
“We teach work with work”
According to the US Department of Labor’s Office
of Disability Employment, Supported Employment facilitates competitive work in
integrated work settings for individuals who, because of a disability, need
ongoing support services to perform work. At BCRC, the Supported
Employment Program works with individuals to find suitable employment in the
community. Individuals can be referred to BCRC’s Supported Employment
Department by one of several resources including the Pennsylvania Office of
Vocational Rehabilitation, the Beaver County Behavioral Health System, and an
individual’s school district.
Our certified Employment Specialists hold
long-standing relationships with many locally owned and operated businesses and
are familiar with the transportation routes throughout Beaver and Allegheny
Counties. The program offers several different levels of vocational
training. Click the link below to learn more about each individual part of
A list of programs provided within the Supported
The Tutoring Program provides knowledgeable staff
that tutors individuals on exams including the Pennsylvania State Driver’s
Permit Exam and various state boards and licensing tests. In addition to
tutoring, the staff provides instruction on computerized training for the
Microsoft Office Suite and the GED exams utilizing the PLATO Web-Based Learning
The Community Assessment Program provides
vocational exploration in real work environments while allowing our Employment
Specialists to observe a full range of established work skills. By
identifying an individual’s strengths, the Employment Specialist can match the
skills to a specific employment situation. While these assessments are
unpaid, they provide a unique learning experience and often lead to employment.
The Habilitation Program provides training in
daily living skills including cooking, money management, housekeeping, laundry,
safety,meal/menu planning, and appropriate peer interaction. While in the
community, an individual receives one-on-one coaching in a variety of situations
including public transportation, route planning and time management.
Families can direct the scope of an individual’s activities in order to prepare
them for a more independent lifestyle.
Skills Training Program utilizes the Enclave Model to provide pre-employment
work experiences for individuals. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s
Office of Disability Employment, an enclave is a group, usually consisting of
five to eight individuals with disabilities, which trains and works at the
company’s worksite among non-disabled co-workers. A specially trained
supervisor who works for the agency provides initial training, supervision and
support. These sites provide carefully structured environments in which
individuals can work in the community to develop appropriate work skills and
habits that include initiating interaction with coworkers, taking direction from
supervisors, making transportation arrangements, and managing time and money.
While at these enclaves, individuals learn new job tasks and take on various
responsibilities while working immersed in a fully functioning business
environment. BCRC currently has several community enclaves that operate
throughout the county.
The Competitive Employment Program uses a model
of on-site training and long-term support for an individual in order to ensure
success in a community setting. The program approaches employment
a customer’s perspective and matches an individual’s strengths and interests
with an employment situation that pays at least minimum wage.
The staff of the Supported Employment Program
works hard to create a strong support network that centers on each individual.
The Program Specialist is a very important part of this process because they aid
in communication with the employer, coordination of transportation, benefits and
financial issues, communication with the family, and expansion of the support
network. Another integral part of that network is the certified Employment
Specialists who to provide on-site support to identify and teach the job, help
in the development of appropriate work behaviors, identify any necessary
accommodations, and establish natural supports within the workplace.
After 90 days on the job, the individual moves
into a phase of Competitive Employment called Follow Along. While in
Follow Along, an individual can receive assistance with life issues including
benefits, childcare, transportation and work-related situations such as
co-workers, supervisors, and schedules. This program allows an individual
to benefit from a solid support network that can change and grow as their needs
Case Management is a service that accompanies
each of the other programs. The goal of Case Management is to assist
individuals with coordination of services between agencies and allows for a
network of supports that help guarantee lasting success. One part of that
support network is a Program Specialist who is responsible for assisting the
individual in coordinating services and benefits, resolving crises and
conflicts, communication with the family and others on the support team, and the
development of self-advocacy and decision making skills. In addition to
the Program Specialists, Employment Specialists play a very important role in
the program because they work closely with the individual and the Program
Specialists to provide a full range of comprehensive services throughout every
Supported Employment Program.