Employment Planning Services
Employment Planning Services are provided through Blue Mountain Industries. More than 100 individuals with disabilities access these services on an annual basis. Services are provided in Walla Walla and Columbia Counties.
The services provided are individualized and focused on preparing for, securing and maintaining employment opportunities for persons with a variety of disabilities and other barriers to employment. In addition, transition services to high school students with significant disabilities, group supported employment and community access services provide a wide range of supports and activities for participants.
Lillie Rice Center strives to operate on a sound business principle: “Deliver consistent quality reliable service and the work will follow.” None of our success would be possible without the combined efforts of our employees and many local employers.
Individual Supported Employment
Individual Supported Employment services are part of an individual’s pathway to employment and are tailored to individual needs, interests, and abilities to promote career development.
These are individualized services necessary to help persons with developmental disabilities obtain and continue integrated employment at or above the state’s minimum wage in the general workforce.
These services may include intake, discovery, assessment, job preparation, job marketing, job supports, record keeping and support to maintain a job.
Competitive Planning Services
Competitive Employment Services are designed for individuals who already have specific skills and some previous work history. Participants referred for this service may need assistance in resume development, interviewing techniques and job development activities.
Based on the vocational goal of the participant, professional job developers set up job hunting and development activities. These include identifying which employers to contact, securing applications and other position related materials, arranging for informational interviews, and making labor market assessments. The participant is expected to take an active role in the process.
Once a position is secured and the job offer accepted, skilled job coaches are available to assist in the initial, intensive training on the job. Retention services also are provided for 90 days following placement. These services focus on insuring that both the employee and employer are satisfied with the job and that expectations are being met.
If needed, training is also provided to facilitate co-worker support for the new employee. Even after the 90 day retention period, if the need arises for specific training or support, staff remains available to meet those needs.
Group Supported Employment Services
Group Supported Employment services are a part of an individual’s pathway to integrated jobs in typical community employment. These services are intended to be short term and offer ongoing supervised employment for groups of no more than eight (8) workers with disabilities in the same setting.
The service outcome is sustained paid employment leading to further career development in integrated employment at or above minimum wage. Examples include enclaves, mobile crews, and other business modes employing small groups of workers with disabilities in integrated employment in community settings.
High School Transition
This unique program is designed for high school students between the ages of 17 and 21 who are receiving educational services under an Individual Education Plan (IEP). These students are moving toward the promising but challenging day when they will leave high school and step into the world of work.
Because young people with disabilities face even greater challenges, the high school transition program helps students assemble the building blocks for success by preparing them for a successful employment experience.
In collaboration with the schools in Walla Walla and Columbia County, Lillie Rice Center guides students through vocational exploration, employment planning, community-based assessments and eventual job placement. Ongoing employment support (job coaching) is provided to assist in successful school-to-work transitions.
The goal of the program is for each participating student to have paid employment upon high school graduation.
Referrals are accepted from the schools with funding provided by schools, and the counties in which students are located.
Community Access Services
Community Access Services are individualized services provided in typical integrated community settings for individuals in retirement. Services will promote individualized skill development, independent living and community integration for persons' to learn how to actively and independently engage in their locall community.
Activities will provide opportunities to develop relationships and to learn, practice, and apply skills that result in greater independence and community inclusion. These services may be authorized istead of employment support (Individulized Employnment, Group Supported Employment or Pre-Vocational services) for working age individuals who have received nine (9) months of employment support, have not found a job and decide not to continue looking for work.
Community Information & Education
Community Information and Education services inform and/or educate the general public about developmental disabilities and related services. These may include information and referral services; activities aimed at promoting public awareness and involvement; and community consultation, capacity building and organization activities.
Partnership projects are collaborative partnerships with school districts, employment providers, DVR, families, employers and other community collaborators needed to provide the employment support and services young adults with developmental disabilities require to transition to employment during the school year they turn twenty-one (21).