Job Retention Services
Anxiety, depression, substance abuse or physical impairments are among the many things that can be considered disabilities, especially if they interfere with a person’s job performance.
Job Retention Services can be a valuable resource for people who need help with a disability that might be jeopardizing their employment.
The department has two residential substance abuse treatment centers for people with alcohol and/or other drug problems, a partnership with mental health professionals should those services be required, and facilities to assist with physical disabilities that may be causing difficulties.
These confidential services help employees identify disability-related impediments affecting their job performance and enables them to make changes before they lose their jobs. Employers benefit through reduced turnover and training costs and better employee performance.
For an individual, JRS benefits can include:
- Counseling and guidance
- Medical or psychological evaluation and/or treatment
- Training in personal and social skills that can help employees on the job
- Job-site modifications or accommodations
- Referrals to other service providers
For an employer, JRS benefits can include:
- Less absenteeism and tardiness
- An improved safety record
- Better quality and quantity of work
- Better employee relationships
- Less disciplinary action
- Less turnover
Referral for services
While employees are encouraged to apply for VR services on their own, an employer can make a referral when performance issues could be the result of a disability.
If the problem does not involve a disability, an VR counselor can refer the person to another program in the community.
Job Retention Services are completely confidential and designed to help people stay on their jobs while they get help.
In addition, VR can provide training for supervisors so they can recognize disabling conditions and be aware of the help that is available