Brattleboro Retreat and America Works to help individuals recovering from opioid addiction

first_imgBrattleboro Retreat,Vermont Business Magazine As the opioid epidemic continues to spread throughout the country, America Works, Inc, and the Brattleboro Retreat have teamed up to offer important workforce development services to individuals who are seeking addiction treatment and who need help establishing a path to meaningful employment. America Works, one of the country’s leading workforce development services, recently opened its first Vermont office, which is located at the Brattleboro Retreat. The goal is to provide clients in recovery from opioid addiction with critical workforce development services including mock interviews, access to free professional attire, help with resume writing, skills to navigate the online job application process and make connections with local employers as well as ongoing post-hire guidance.In recent years the Brattleboro Retreat has been on the front line of the opioid crisis in New England providing hundreds of patients with both inpatient detox services and medication assisted therapy through its HUB outpatient program.“The decision to partner with America Works is a natural extension of the Retreat’s overall commitment to help people with opioid dependence and other mental health problems not only regain their health, but to establish a strong sense of self-sufficiency that can serve as the foundation for building more rewarding lives,” said Kurt White, MSW, senior director of Ambulatory Services at the Brattleboro Retreat. “That includes the ability to find and hold a job, and perhaps even launch a meaningful career.”In addition to serving individuals who are receiving care at the Brattleboro Retreat, workforce development services through America Works of Vermont are available to Ticket to Work participants as well as members of the greater local community.Ticket to Work program is a free and voluntary program for everyone age 18 through 64 who receives Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Ticket to Work(link is external) focuses on workforce development and employment services with incentives, which is ideal for many people recovering from addiction with next steps to getting a job that may lead to a career.“Our mission is to help each client achieve their goals. By easing the stress of finding a job, clients may focus on their recovery while becoming self-sufficient,” said Squeak Stone, program director of America Works of Vermont and also director of the Ticket to Work program. “We are here to provide every opportunity for our clients, from transportation to interview clothes, job search to interviewing preparation, and of course, landing the right job.”For more information about America Works Vermont and the Ticket to Work Program please contact Squeak Stone at 802-490-2292 or by email at [email protected](link sends e-mail).About America WorksAmerica Works(link is external) lifts people out of poverty using its unique brand of intensive, personalized employment services. Called “a company with a conscience,” America Works was founded in 1984 by social activist and entrepreneur Peter Cove, who wanted to put his ideals about poverty and the American dream into practice. Joined by Dr. Lee Bowes as the CEO, America Works has helped more than 800,000 individuals increase their self-sufficiency through gainful employment, including military veterans, welfare and SNAP recipients, young adults, the criminal justice involved, homeless, non-custodial parents, individuals receiving disability, among others. America Works uses a blended model that includes work readiness training, vocational training, career placement, career advancement, and employment retention services.About the Brattleboro RetreatThe Brattleboro Retreat(link is external), founded in 1834, is a not-for-profit, specialty psychiatric hospital and addiction treatment center in southern Vermont providing a full range of diagnostic, therapeutic, and rehabilitation services for individuals and families across the region. Recognized as a leader in the treatment of mental illness and addiction, the Brattleboro Retreat offers a high quality, individualized, comprehensive continuum of care for children, adolescents, and adults that includes inpatient, partial hospital, residential, and outpatient treatment services.Source: (Brattleboro, VT, June 19, 2018)—Brattleboro Retreatlast_img

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