Supported Employment

New Referral Process for Bridgeways Supported Employment Medicaid-funded Services

Fall, 2019 –

Bridgeways can now serve individuals interested in Supported Employment services through the Amerigroup referral system. Click here to learn about Washington Foundational Community Supports, and program eligibility.

Click here to access a brief Amerigroup Washington Foundational Community Supports (FCS) referral form.

Amerigroup FCS staff review referral forms to make an eligibility determination, then refer eligible participants to agencies that provide Supported Employment under the Foundational Community Supports program’s Medicaid-eligible services.

You may select a specific agency such as Bridgeways to provide Supported Employment services by noting this on the referral form, fax cover sheet, or email message.

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Supported Employment — Partnering with our clients to help them find and keep a job!

At Bridgeways, we believe employment promotes independence and self-sufficiency. We also believe employment builds a sense of accomplishment, hope, and self-respect. Working removes people from isolation and builds connections with others, helping create new friendships and supports. A paycheck provides financial resources for housing, food, health care, or leisure – contributing to mental health recovery!

We partner with individuals who have experienced challenges finding or keeping a job due to symptomes of a mental illness. We collaborate to help clients find and keep a job in the community that aligns with their interests, skills, abilities, and experiences.

Supports include:

  • Vocational assessment
  • resume assistance
  • Interview skills and practice
  • Searching for job postings
  • Assistance with applications
  • Benefits counseling
  • Job retention support
  • Problem-solve issues that come up on the job

Bridgeways’ Supported Employment Program is driven by the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model. The IPS model is an evidence-based practice of supported employment for people living with mental illness that prioritizes rapid job search, focuses on client preferences, and competitive employment. The IPS model embodies a belief system that people living with mental health concerns can and should work.

 

See the top of this page for the referral process.

 

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