Employment Services and Supports


Employment is a key component in a person's recovery. Across the country and in Michigan, people are realizing the value that a person with a disability can bring to the workforce. OCHN is committed to helping people served in our public mental health system find and maintain employment. 



Clubhouses are community-based programs designed to support people diagnosed with a serious mental illness in their communities. Membership is voluntary and people are typically referred to Clubhouse by their case manager. One of the components of clubhouses is the provision of employment supports. Clubhouse staff work with Clubhouse “members” to assist them in achieving their goals in the following employment categories.

Individual Placement and Supported Employment

Supported employment services assist people with disabilities obtain employment in an integrated community based setting that pays at least minimum wage or the prevailing wage. Supported employment occurs as  individual employment service or as a group for 2-6 individuals. Services may include, vocational/job related discovery or assessment, job placement, job development, job coaching, training, etc.

Skill Building

Skill building services are designed to help individuals increase their economic self-sufficiency and/or to engage in meaningful activities in the community. Skill building can be used to help with the acquisition, or improvement in self-help, socialization and adaptive skills. When skill building assistance is being used for employee readiness, a person must have an employment related goal in their plan of service.


Select this link to view the OCHN Employment and Skill Building Providers

Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS)

MRS helps eligible people with disabilities achieve their employment goals. Services funded by MRS include career counseling, job readiness training, job development, job placement, job coaching, assistance with uniforms or work required items to secure and maintain employment.

Bureau of Services for Blind People (BSBP)

BSBP assists people who are blind or visually impaired achieve their employment goals, as well as community independence. Services funded by BSBP include career counseling, training, adaptive equipment, job development, job placement, and job coaching.