Supported Employment

The Supported Employment Department of the Cobb County Community Services Board is committed to customizing employment for persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental illness, 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 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, and Century 21. Including people with disabilities among your workforce is 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.
Links:
Project Exceed Success
Office of Disability Employment Policy
Job Coach Certification
APSE (Association of Persons in Supported Employment)
National Center on Workforce and Disability
WorkWORLD

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