Vocational Rehab

Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Firelands Vocational Rehabilitation Services is a job readiness and placement program for consumers who have mental health and/or an alcohol or drug addiction diagnosis and need assistance in finding employment. Consumers are taught work readiness and soft employment skills needed to be successful in today’s job market.

Vocational Rehabilitation services are offered to adults and transitional youth in Erie, Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, and Wyandot counties.

Program features

Community-based assessment

A community-based assessment provides an evaluation of the consumer’s vocational abilities, behaviors, and preferences in a competitive, integrated work setting. The assessment uses real work experiences on actual job sites to determine an individual’s capabilities and preferences.

Career exploration

Career Exploration aims to assist the consumer in narrowing possible employment options. This service includes a career exploration inventory that helps identify interests in work and leisure activities and to develop a plan leading to career success and/or a transferable skills assessment.

Personal adjustment

A personal adjustment assists consumers in daily living skills that may enhance employability, including money management, shopping, grooming, hygiene, transportation, arranging dependent care, and housing issues such as talking to a landlord.

Work adjustment

The work adjustment service assists consumers with understanding the meaning, value, and demands of work. It will help learn or re-establish skills, attitudes, personal characteristics, and work behaviors.

Job coaching

A job coach will assist the consumer and employer by providing one-on-one training and job-related support services. This is in addition to training approved and/or provided by the employer.

Job development

The job development service assists consumers in choosing, obtaining, and maintaining employment that is equal to their vocational interests as well as their abilities and social, psychological, communication, environmental and medical needs.

Job-seeking skills training

Consumers are provided with tools and knowledge to conduct a well-planned and thorough job search. Areas covered include resumes, cover letters, job applications, employer identification, transferable skills identification, interviewing techniques, employment barriers, employer follow-up, self-esteem building, and grooming and hygiene.

Job retention

The job retention service includes contacts with the consumer, the employer, education personnel, and other parties involved with maintaining employment. This service is offered from the time of placement through the case closure.

Contact Us Today

For more information about our vocational rehabilitation program or to see if you’re a candidate, contact our Employment Specialist Coordinator:

292 Benedict Ave.
Norwalk, OH 44857
Fax: 419-663-5096


This program is funded in part through the Recovery to Work Programs through the Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board of Erie County; the Huron County Board of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Ottawa, Sandusky and Wyandot counties.

24/7 Crisis Hotline

Help is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Call 800-826-1306