Supported Employment

The Supported Employment Department of the Cobb and Douglas County Community Services Boards is committed to customizing employment for persons with developmental disabilities, mental health, and/or addictive diseases. The staff assists persons in entering and maintaining competitive employment based on the needs of the job seeker and employer. The job coaches in the Supported Employment Program are certified by the Human Services Management Institute at the University of Georgia. Our Employment Program is the first to have all of its job coaches certified, ensuring competent staff well-versed in the latest in employment services, especially Customized Employment. Our goal is to guide people toward a positive work experience.

Customized Employment offers:

  • self employment
  • microenterprise
  • resource ownership
  • wage employment

Supported Employment offers Employers

Supported Employment offers Job Seekers

  • Qualified, pre-screened candidates
  • Candidates matched to your employment needs
  • Support and technical assistance for the candidate and your company as necessary
  • Untapped market of workers
  • Matching employment needs with individual skills
  • Customization  in the hiring process
  • On-the-job training support
  • Subsequent visits to the worksite to ensure long-term success.

Supported employment benefits the individual consumer, the employer and the community.
The program provides access to a valuable labor pool, lower recruitment and  training costs, a reduced turnover, access to tax credits, and most  importantly, a motivated worker. Some of the local companies that participate  in our program include: Deloitte Consulting, HomeBanc mortgage, Affiliated Computer Services, Century 21, and Regents Bank.

Including people with disabilities among your workforce has been shown to
reduce start up time for new employees, increase morale and production, improve
teamwork and communication, and provide a positive community image. All
employment services are free to employers.

Referral to Supported Employment Program


Project Exceed Success
Office of Disability Employment Policy
Job Coach Certification
APSE (Association of Persons in Supported Employment)
National Center on Workforce and Disability

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