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Career, Training and Employment

Career, Training, and Employment services may include vocational training, supported employment, job placement services and supports to pursue a certificate or degree.Training programs also include skills training to promote independent living. Home and Community-Based Services Waivers often include employment and pre-employment services and supports. See Coordinated Care Programs for more information.

Adult Community Clinical Services (ACCS)

Adult Community Clinical Services (ACCS) is DMH’s primary community service for adults. ACCS is a comprehensive, clinically focused service that provides clinical interventions and peer and family support for individuals residing in all housing settings. In addition, ACCS provides a range of provider-based housing options as treatment settings to assist individuals in developing skills, establishing natural supports, and resources to live successfully in the community.

Clubhouse Services

Clubhouse Services are programs that provide individuals with mental health needs with support services to develop skills in social networking, independent living, budgeting, accessing transportation, self-care, maintaining educational goals, and securing and retaining employment. Clubhouses help people live a productive and stable life in the community. They are funded, in part, by the Department of Mental Health. Non DMH clients are welcome.

Communication Access, Training and Technology Services (CATTS)

Communication Access, Training and Technology Services (CATTS) provides information resources to the public related to issues of deafness and hearing loss, including communication access training. CATTS is offered through the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Disability Law Center – Planning for Life After Special Education

Disability Law Center – Planning for Life After Special Education offers information on transition services available to youth ages 14-21 with disabilities. Transition services teach students with disabilities life and work skills while they are still in school.

Employment Supports

Employment Supports include supervision, training and transportation that support individuals with intellectual disabilities as they obtain and retain paying jobs. Employment Supports are available to individuals with intellectual disabilities through the Department of Developmental Services.

Goodwill Industries

Goodwill Industries is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to help individuals with barriers to self-sufficiency to achieve independence and dignity through work. Goodwill offers job training and career services to low income youth and adults, as well as individuals with disabilities.

Employment First Now

Home Care Aide Training

Become trained in services that allow older adults and persons with disabilities to live in their homes, make decisions about how they live and work, and be part of their communities. Being a home care aide means being part of a ‘helping profession’ that provides compassionate care. As a home care aide, you CAN make a big difference in the lives of others!

Home Care Aide Training

MassHire Career Centers

MassHire Career Centers connects workers and employers in Massachusetts. One Care Career Center website includes job listings, training opportunities, and information on aid and benefits. 

Orientation and Mobility (O&M)

Orientation and Mobility (O&M) services include training by specialists who provide people who are blind or have low vision with individualized travel training programs within the person’s home, workplace, and community. These services bring the individual back to the independent travel he or she had before vision loss, or to provide the more experienced traveler with orientation to a new environment. O&M is available through the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.

Personal Care Attendant Directory

The new Personal Care Attendant Directory allows PCA workers and those in need of services to search for one another to find the perfect fit for your needs. Through this site, you can also view languages spoken, availability for a PCA worker, requested hours of assistance for those needing services, and more. This is a great central location for anyone in need of services as well as PCA workers to create a custom post for others within the network to engage. You can also directly connect with one another on the site itself.

Project IMPACT (Individual Members Planning and Accessing Choices Together) 

Project IMPACT (Individual Members Planning and Accessing Choices Together) provides individualized benefit counseling to MRC consumers, their family members, employment provider organizations, school systems and state agencies throughout Massachusetts.

Rehabilitation Teaching

Rehabilitation Teaching is a program to help individuals who are blind learn new ways of performing activities of daily living. Rehabilitation Teachers or Vision Rehabilitation Therapists train persons with vision impairments in the use of compensatory skills and assistive technology to enable them to live safe, productive, and independent lives. Rehabilitation Training is available through the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) provides training, counseling, and community service assignments at non-profit organizations to low-income people ages 55 and over. SCSEP is administered by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Services

Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Services is a service of the Veterans Administration (VA) and provides vocational rehabilitation services to assist veterans with service-connected disabilities achieve their occupational goals.

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) 

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a series of specially designed services offered to an adult with disabilities to help find and enter into a/the employment of their choice. VR for individuals who are blind is offered through the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind and VR for individuals with other disabilities is available through the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.

Work Incentive Counseling

Work Incentive Counseling assists individuals with disabilities–in particular those who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)-in understanding how working and earning or increasing wages impacts these and other public benefits. BenePLAN is a program of the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center.