Looking Ahead Clubhouse provides 2 forms of employment support: Transitional Employment and Supported Employment.
The TE program provides the highest level of support to the member working the position. The position is contracted between LAC and the business. The member works for the business once selected and is an employee of the business for a period of 6-9 months. The member is paid directly by the employer. LAC staff assist with reporting to the required entities to ensure that benefit checks are adjusted once the member starts working (DHHS, Housing, SSA).TE opportunities are ideal for members that have never held a job before, have struggled with holding a job, and/or have not worked in a long time. It is an opportunity to gain experience, build your resume, and test the waters of employment.Employers choose TE because 100% coverage is provided if for any reason the member in that position does not go to work. This coverage is provided at no cost and the staff working will have been trained by the employer directly. All staff of LAC are covered under the Kennebec Behavioral Health liability policy. Select staff will be deemed the designated job coaches for every employment position under TE. This allows for employers to build strong working relationships with LAC staff and feel comfortable to approach them with problems or concerns.
Supported employment positions are owned by the member. In most cases, the staff at the Clubhouse assisted the member in establishing the connection with the employer. LAC staff will provide the member with on and off-site support as requested to work through any work-related conflicts (example: asking for more hours or a raise). However, coverage will not be provided by LAC staff. LAC staff assist with reporting to the required entities to ensure that benefit checks are adjusted once the member starts working(DHHS, Housing, SSA).