All mental health services are intended to support an individual’s recovery goals – including work and education. It is important to let your service providers know how they can support your career goals. For example, you may be concerned that you will look too nervous or that you won’t be able to get up on time or you don’t have the right kind of clothes to fit in. These are all concerns about which your service providers can help. Your therapist could help you develop tools to reduce your anxiety with work; your Certified Peer Specialist can connect you to a local WRAP group where you can figure out how to avoid sleeping in, your recovery coach could help you figure out where you can go to get work clothes without much cost.
Partnership on Work Enrichment and Readiness (POWER) Program
Participants can attend classes at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, including: Career Self-Assessment, The College Experience, Effective Communication, Study Skills, Time Management, Computer Skills, and Balancing School, Work & Life. There is no cost to participants who complete and return a brief application. POWER’s Community Liaison can be reached at: (215) 517-7502.
Montgomery County offers specific supports that focus on your career goals, including work and schooling. These services are called Career Providers (sometimes called “job coaches”) and they provide interventions that help support you in getting and keeping a job (“supported employment”) or achieving your educational goals (“supported education”). Career support is available at the following locations:
Central Montgomery MH/MR Center
Norristown: (610) 277-4600
Creative Health Services, Inc.
Pottstown: (610) 326-9250
Goodwill Employment Services
Fort Washington: (215) 653-7095
Northwestern Human Services
Lansdale: (215) 855-0780