Moorhead, Breckenridge & Detroit Lakes: 218-233-7438
Fergus Falls: 701-388-4865
Fax: must use 1-218-216-8075


  • Overall Work Time
    • 65% Direct Service
    • 20% Indirect Service 10% Administrative

    Vocational Service (Direct and Indirect of overall work time)

    • 15% Collaboration with non-voc mental health agency staff (case managers, psychiatrists,
    •   other treatment team members) and other collaborators, including Vocational Rehabilitation    counselors, family and friends
    • 15% Pre-Employment Counseling and Support (prior to job obtainment)
    • 30% Job Search
    • 30% Job Support (after job obtainment)

    Work Location

    • 60% Community (minimum time spent out of agency setting)


    • 25 clients or less on individual caseload.

    Vocational Services

    • Provide only vocational services.
    • Don’t assume role of case manager, residential worker, or other staff positions.

    Vocational Generalists

    • Conduct all phases of vocational service (engagement, assessment, job search, job support).

    Vocational Unit

    • Provide services for each other’s clients as part of backup and support.
    • Weekly vocational group supervision.

    Integration of Vocational and Mental Health Treatment

    • Participate in regular team meetings for each client. Talk to other service providers frequently.

    Vocational Assessment

    • Based on competitive job experiences NOT on a battery of tests or other pencil and paper evaluations.

    Job Search

    • Start search directly (without lengthy evaluation and assessment) making first employer contact within one   month of client beginning in the vocational program, and at a pace comfortable to the client.
    • Discuss disclosure of disability with client and determine employment specialist’s role with employers.
    • Seek permanent, competitive jobs.
    • Conduct client-specific search based on client preferences, skills, and experiences.
    • Less than 10% of jobs will be in same job category or with the same employer as others on employment  specialist’s caseload.
    • Search is often conducted by making networking contacts (employer network, client’s personal network,    etc.).
    • Help find another job experience after one has ended, utilizing principle of ongoing assessment.

    Job Supports

    • Provide ongoing, individualized job supports.
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