Customized Employment & Micro-enterprise
These services provide a flexible blend of strategies and supports designed to increase employment options for job seekers with complex needs. The customized employment or micro-enterprise development process begins with an exploration phase (Discovery) which lays the foundation for employment planning. Customized employment results in a job that is created or negotiated to meet the individual needs of the job seeker matched with specific employer needs. Micro-enterprise is profitable self-employment that is determined by a job seeker’s talents matched with an unmet need. Benefits planning is an integral service offered to ensure use of work incentives for job seekers receiving SSI and/or SSDI.
FACT works with each individual for at least six months to help get the business get started. Before starting a business FACT provides assistance with the following:
- Understand business basics
- Determine a sellable product/service
- Clarify if the business idea is something the individual enjoys
- Write a plan for the business
- Analyze costs to run the business
- Think about who will help run the business
- Plan how the business will affect benefits like SSI
Customized/Wage Employments means that an individual works for the prevailing wage for a business in the community.
The job that the worker performs is negotiated with the employer to meet the specific talents, skills and needs of the individual while, at the same time, meeting the needs of a specific business. A FACT Job Coach helps the individual worker to do his/her job and spends a lot of time with the person during the first two weeks of employment. Gradually, the Job Coach “fades” his/her time until the worker is able to work independently.
Regional Center Vendor #PW5871
For further information please contact:
Linda Andron, LCSW at [email protected]