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Newport, RI – People with mental health conditions make up the largest group of recipients receiving disability today, but it doesn’t have to be this way.
Rhode Island has about 83 percent unemployment for those with mental health needs, which is higher than Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont, according to the 2012 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA),
Last September, Newport Mental Health launched a new program, NMH Employment Services, which works with Rhode Island employers and potential employees to try to narrow the numbers on Rhode Island’s disability list.
“Our Employment Services answers the most critical needs in the workforce: job hiring and job retention. We provide ongoing support and communication to both employees and employers,” said Jamie Lehane, NMH President, and CEO. “We have a lot of talent in our community, and we need more employers willing to hire our clients.”
With NMH Employment Services, potential employees would receive job search assistance according to the employees’ preferences, talents, and needs. Employees would receive on-the-job counseling along with individualized long-term supports if needed.
Employers would receive supports, in the form of ongoing communication centered on mutual job satisfaction, the potential for a tax credit, a reduction in recruitment costs and the potential for 50 percent paid salary for three months via the Office of Rehabilitation Services.
At the present NMH has over 50 clients, some highly skilled, in need of either full or part-time work with roughly 20 local businesses on the roster, including the Newport Restaurant Group and the Newport Navy Base, along with catering companies, nursing homes, hotels and grocery stores.
However, NMH needs more employers willing to hire people with mental illnesses or disorders, who would be willing to work together with NMH Employment Services. For more information, please contact Abigail Farrow at 846-6620 x 362
The mission of Newport Mental Health, which serves Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, Jamestown, Tiverton, and Little Compton, is to improve the lives of children, adults and families working in Newport County by providing the highest quality, comprehensive, recovery-oriented, evidence-based and integrated mental health and substance use care.
For more information on Newport Mental Health, visit www.newportmentalhealth.org.