Vocational Resources

“Work is about daily meaning as well as daily bread.”—Studs Terkel

For most of us, work is part of our identity.  And for many people, work is an important part of the recovery process.  Experience and research have shown that mental health consumers want to work and can work.  Some of those individuals will need support in finding and keeping a job; others will not.

Work can have many benefits.  It gives structure to our days, can boost self-esteem, and provides income that affords us more choices.  It also offers opportunities to be a part of, and give back to, our community.

Snapshot 2012: Maine Workers with Disabilities

How many Maine workers have a disability?  How many adults with disabilities are employed?  What services do Maine workers with disabilities use?  Snapshot 2012, a joint project of Maine's DHHS and DOL, is an annual publication that provides the latest employment trends, statistics and information on people with disabilities in Maine.  To download the full report, go to http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/

  • DHHS Employment Policy: AMHS Practice Guidelines (Word* | PDF*)
    These guidelines explain how the DHHS Employment Policy for Individuals Served, (Policy #DHHS-CS-01-10 approved November 15, 2010) impact the practice of the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS) and its contracted agencies.
  • www.employmentforme.org
    The www.employmentforme.org website, a joint effort of the Maine Dept. of Health and Human Services and the Maine Dept. of Labor, is a comprehensive resource for job seekers/workers with disabilities, employers and service providers.  Click on the above link to get information on wide-ranging topics such as training and apprenticeship opportunities, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Post-Secondary Education, Labor Market Information and more...
  • Getting and Keeping a Job
    There are many resources available to Maine residents looking for work.  One of the most comprehensive resources is your local Career Center.  To locate the Career Center near you and/or to search for job openings on line using Maine Job Bank, www.mainecareercenter.com
  • The Community Employment Services Project
    The Community Employment Services Project, funded by the DHHS Office of SAMHS Mental Health and the DOL Bureau of Rehabilitation Services provides Supported Employment services to individuals eligible for Section 17 MaineCare services (community integration) throughout the state of Maine. http://www.mmc.org/vocationalservices-mentalhealth
  • 2013: Maine has a MaineCare Option for Workers with Disabilities - This option (also known as Medicaid Buy-In) allows you to earn more and still keep your MaineCare benefits. This brochure provides eligibility figures for 2013 and contacts for additional information.
  • How Will Work Impact Your Benefits?
    If you are receiving benefits such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), rental subsidies or other benefits it is important to know how income from working would impact those benefits. That information is available statewide at no cost to you through the Work Incentive Planning and Assistance program.  For more information www.benefitsandworkinme.org
  • Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS) Long Term Vocational Supports
    Some individuals may benefit from long term vocational supports to assist them in maintaining employment.  The type and amount of support needed will vary depending on the individual, and may be provided on or off the job site.  Examples of the type of support provided would include assistance with stress management, time management, and communication skills.
    This service is funded by the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS), and administered by APS Healthcare.  Eligibility for this service is similar to eligibility for Maine Care Section 17 Community Support Services.  For more information see the Policy Manual and link to APS Healthcare below:
    Mental Health Long Term Vocational Support Policy Manual: Word* | PDF*
  • APS Healthcare:
    Provides a Behavioral Health Utilization Management System for services currently purchased through the State’s Office of Maine Care Services and administered by the Office of SAMHS Mental Health, Children’s Behavioral Health Services, and the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS). APS Healthcare encourages respect, collaboration, and partnership among all entities serving the Members. www.qualitycareforme.com
  • List of Adult Mental Health Long Term Supported Employment Providers by County
  • Systems Change in Employment Services for Persons with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness in Maine: Status Report 2006-2009.
    The Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS) asked the Muskie School of Public Service to review qualitative and quantitative data and other sources to determine the array of employment services needed for persons with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI), the resources currently available and potential solutions to obstacles. This report documents the progress SAMHS has made between 2006-2009 and offers possible next steps. Word* |  PDF*
  • Guidance Memo from OMS, SAMHS and the Office of the Commissioner
    This guidance memo is issued jointly by the Office of the Commissioner, the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS), and the Office of MaineCare Services. The intent of this memo is to provide examples of acceptable activities that a Community Integration worker may provide under Section 17.04-1 Community Integration Services and under Section 17.04-6 Skills Development Services. PDF*