In support of the goals of this program, the following services are provided:
Individuals who express interest in joining the vocational program are provided with an initial assessment performed by a member of the vocational staff. The assessment will evaluate the individual’s needs from their point of view. When appropriate input from family or other significant persons may be included in the assessment. Based upon this assessment the person served and vocational counselor will discuss whether the program can meet the individual’s needs. The vocational counselor and person served will then discuss whether or not the vocational program might assist in meeting the identified needs. If it appears appropriate a start date is established when the individual will meet again with the vocational counselor to begin development of their recovery plan.
Recovery Plan Development
The Olympia House Vocational Program believes that recovery planning must include a vision of the “total person” and support recovery and wellness. Alcohol and substance use, physical and mental well-being, employment, housing, self-management, relationships, vocational, educational, financial and natural supports shall all be considered when establishing the plan.
The process includes:
- A collaborative planning process with the individual and Olympia house Vocational Program staff to determine the goals and objectives that the individuals would like to accomplish while enrolled.
- Services that the program will provide to support the individual’s identified goals and objectives.
- Responsibilities of the individual to work towards his/her goals and objectives.
- Anticipated completion date of each.
Individual Vocational Counselor Meetings
Each person served is assigned to a vocational counselor upon admission. The person served and vocational counselor shall meet at least once per week to specifically review progress made on the recovery plan. At this time progress towards goals and as well as obstacles to achieving the goals are identified. Changes to the plan may be made at this time. The frequency of the individual vocational counselor meetings shall be defined in the recovery plan.
General Work Skill Training
Individuals receiving work skills training will be provided with education on the expectations of employers from their employees. Individuals will then have the ability to demonstrate their understanding and ability to meet expectations as they begin to treat their training as employment. Obstacles to meeting these expectations can then be discussed in a solution-focused approach to assist in achieving the goal.
Specific Trade Skills Training
Individuals may receive individual and /or group training in a specific trade. Training will include both didactic as well as hands on learning. The specific trade objectives will be outlined in the recovery plan with the goal of learning skills necessary to obtain entry level employment in specific trade identified.
Individuals may work with the vocational counselor in exploring and pursuing educational goals. Meetings will occur as outlined in the recovery plan and specific objectives noted.
Individuals who are nearing completion of their vocational goals and individuals who specifically need assistance with pre-employment skills, and interviewing skills. Services may be provided individually or in a group setting.
Budgeting and Money Management
Individuals may work with the vocational counselor to learn how to create a personal budget and manage their money. The vocational counselor will not provide direct money management services, however may act as a liaison with family or other funding assistance and/or advocating for the individual being served to determine to what degree the individual’s actual cash management was in accordance with the budget.
Linkage to Needed Services and Benefits
In the event an individual is need of other support services or entitlement benefits, the vocational counselor will work with the individual in exploring what is available and guiding the individual in pursuing the needed benefits or services.
Random Drug and Alcohol Testing
Persons served may undergo random drug and alcohol testing to assist the individual in maintaining sobriety. Positive results, or refusals to test, will be explored individually with the individual to assess obstacles to maintaining sobriety, steps needed to strengthen relapse prevention strategies, and address ambivalence to sustained recovery.
Individuals enrolled in the program are encouraged to attend any of the various recovery peer support groups to support their sobriety during the program.
Olympia House IOP staff will seek collateral information, consultation and referral to the degree requested by the resident. We believe that continuity of care is vital to the success of someone’s recovery and invite ongoing providers to remain involved in the treatment of the individual during their participation in the Olympia House Case Management Program.
Discharge Planning and Aftercare Services
Staff will work with the individual to determine the appropriate plan for discharge. This shall include determining next steps in occupational training, obtaining a position, next steps in the beginning educational pursuits, etc. Persons served are encouraged to contact the vocational counselor at least monthly for six months after discharge to discuss goals achieved or to problem obstacles encountered.