Supported Employment Services

For Employers:

Career Connections and MTI Industries are services of Van Buren Community Mental Health Authority that assist adults with developmental disabilities/and or mental illness with reaching their occupational goal through skill development and supported employment.

MTI Industries

We have been serving businesses since 1970, most recently including: Triumph Plant Company of New City, NY, Frontier, East Jordan Plastics and Quality Assured Plastics.

We assist businesses with meeting their production and packaging needs. We offer competitive pricing, quality assurance and fast turn around to help meet the unique needs of each company that we contract with. Production can occur at our Bangor, MI facility or you may utilize one of our enclaves at your production facility. When an enclave is requested, individuals with the skills and abilities to complete the job are trained and supervised by one of our staff.

All production is supervised by our fully trained Employment Services Specialist who provides quality control services to ensure that the finished product meets the expectation of the business.

The advantages to working with MTI Industries include:

· Quality Assurance

· Avoid productivity losses incurred from unfilled positions

· Free up skilled workers

· Reduce turnover costs

· Create more efficient work processes

Contact us at MTI Industries and let us find a solution to meet the unique needs of business.

Career Connections

Our supported employment program is committed to assisting local businesses in meeting their staffing needs. We have been providing businesses with skilled employees since 1989. Hiring employees through Career Connections makes good business sense. Advantages to utilizing our services include:

  • Saving time and money when searching for employees.
  • A reduced turnover.
  • Helping businesses develop a motivated and diverse workforce.
  • Ongoing system of support to ensure greater job retention
    • Job coaching is provided at no cost to the employer. A CareerConnections staff will work with an employer to help train theemployee and stay on site until the employee is efficient incompleting their job requirements.
  • Career Connections will continue to support the employer and employee for a long as needed or requested.
  • Completing an “On the Job Evaluation” or “On the Job Training” through Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) in which training hours (number of hours varies depending on the skill level of the position) are paid for.

Career Connections currently works with a variety of business in Southwest Michigan including: The Village of Lawrence, City of Bangor, Van Buren Intermediate School District, South Haven Public Schools, Pizza Hut, Autumn House, Wal-Mart, Menards, Meijer, McDonalds and many others.

For additional information contact us at our Bangor offices (269) 427-5671 and request the Employment Services Program.

For Customers

Our Employment Services programs, Career Connections and MTI Industries, are dedicated to assisting you with increasing your employment skills and obtaining community based employment. Our services are individualized using a Person Centered Planning (PCP) process which allows for you to develop a treatment plan that is meaningful to you. Our staff works closely with you and your team (supports coordinator, therapist, case manager, family, and friends) to help you obtain and maintain employment that is of interest to you.

In order to work with one our Employment Service programs, you must first be receiving services from VBCMH, and then be referred to the program that best meets your needs. MTI Industries assist you with developing successful work habits and skills. This program allows you an opportunity to work for wage while increasing your abilities. Different types of jobs are brought in the MTI facility, such as: packaging, simply assembly, labeling and sorting. These jobs provide you with an opportunity to engage in skill building activities.

Career Connections will assist you with obtaining and maintaining employment at a community based employer. When working with an Employment Services Specialist you will engage in job development services including, but not limited to: completing an employment profile, preparing a resume, researching potential employers, completing applications and participating in job exploration opportunities. Once obtaining employment Career Connections staff may assist you with job coaching(helping you learn the required job tasks) or by offering follow along supports (checking in with you or your employer regarding your success on the job). Employment Services Specialist are also available to help educate an employer regarding employment of persons with disabilities and advocate for any accommodations your may require.

Career Connections frequently partners with Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) to assist individuals in their pursuit for community based employment. MRS works with eligible individuals and employers to achieve quality employment outcomes and independence for individuals with disabilities. MRS offers several services including On the Job Evaluations (OJE), and On the Job Training (OJT) in which the employee’s training hours (number of hours varies depending on the skill level of the position) are paid for by MRS. Career Connections will assist you with completing an application and meeting a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor to determine if you are eligible for services from MRS.

If you are interested in receiving services at MTI Industries or Career Connections speak to your Supports Coordinator, Case Manager or Therapist.