In 2016, 20-year-old Hunter sought assistance from Community Employment Services at Memorial Behavioral Health–Lincoln Center for Developmental Rehabilitation. Although he had no work history and had challenges with social interacts, he was determined to find a job.
Jason Lawrence, Community Employment coordinator, worked with Hunter’s father and the director of a local business to customize a job so Hunter could excel. Hunter began by working two hours a day, five days a week.
Memorial Behavioral Health provided intensive job coaching to help Hunter understand his job duties and created a structured routine so he could complete his tasks as efficiently as possible.
The Community Employment Services program at Memorial Behavioral Health–Lincoln Center for Developmental Rehabilitation creates opportunities for independence. The experienced and caring staff provide high-quality rehabilitation and support services to residents with disabilities in Logan, Mason and Sangamon counties.
“The progress Hunter has made during his time in our Community Employment program has been truly inspirational,” Jason said. “His employer has gradually given him more hours and more job duties.”
Hunter is now working full-time, eight hours a day, five days a week, and completes his job with intermittent coaching. Both Hunter and his employer are happy.
“We had our concerns at first,” Hunter’s employer said. “But after we met and made a task list and Memorial Behavioral Health staff job coached, observed and looked for more efficient ways to complete the job, we are extremely pleased with Hunter’s performance.”
For more information on Community Employment Services at Memorial Behavioral Health, call 217-735-1413 and ask to speak to an employment specialist.