People with a Disability
People who have, or think they may have a disability, can contact their local Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) office. VR can pay for an assessment of disability and, if the person meets eligibility criteria, provide some vocational services and supports, such as uniforms, training, and transportation. VR can also refer to specific providers of supported employment and other vocational services in your area. If the closest VR office is in another city, VR may provide outreach to your area.
People who are Veterans
Veterans can contact the Veterans Administration Healthcare System (VA). All VA hospitals and some outpatient clinics now provide IPS (Individual Placement Support) supported employment.
People with a Serious Mental Illness
People with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression, can contact their local community mental health or behavioral health agency. In many states, these agencies also provide IPS supported employment. To find agencies in your area, use the Find a Provider
feature or visit your state’s Department of Mental Health
People with an Intellectual or Developmental Disability
Those with an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD) can contact their local IDD agency. These agencies may provide some form of customized employment or supported employment. Contact the Federal Developmental Disabilities Administration
. Local service agencies have different names and are often combined with other providers. Your state agency
oversees these local programs and can give you specific contacts in your area.
People who receive Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF)
Current recipients of TANF can contact their local TANF office. They often provide some form of vocational assistance. Vocational services will vary from area to area, and they often refer people to local VR offices.
People in the Homeless Assistance Program
People in Other Categorical Programs
People who are not Eligible for a Categorical Program
If the person does not meet criteria for any of the above, contact the local One-Stop program
, or American Job Center, run by the Department of Labor. In addition to helping the general public with employment, they may have funding for at-risk populations.
Local Programs for People who are Homeless
Contact the local homelessness coalition
to find other programs that may be locally available, such as Goodwill, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, and services from other religious or poverty organizations that may offer employment services.