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Citation:  Lukyanova, V., Suarez-Balcazar, Y., Balcazar, F., & Oberoi, A. (2015). A case file review of employment outcomes from Community Rehabilitation Providers. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 43 (1), 33-40.
Title:  A case file review of employment outcomes from Community Rehabilitation Providers
Authors:  Lukyanova, V., Suarez-Balcazar, Y., Balcazar, F., & Oberoi, A.
Year:  2015
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Publisher:  IOS Press
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Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  No

Structured abstract:

Background:  Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs) are not-for-profit organizations that provide employment services to individuals with disabilities as subcontracts to vocational rehabilitation (VR) offices.
Purpose:  The purpose of this study was to identify facilitators to successful employment among individuals with disabilities.
Data collection and analysis:  We analyzed 38 case files from individuals with disabilities served by CRPs that had been closed as being successfully employed.
Findings:  We found that clients who were placed in jobs lived with their families, had previous work experience, and had strong job interview skills. They also had detailed written goals and needs; VR counselors often served as advocates between CRPs and the client, and they understood the difficulties of the current job market. On the other hand, clients who had difficulties in securing and maintaining employment experienced health-related issues, lack of reliable transportation, and challenging family situations.
Conclusions:  Findings indicate that there is a greater need for certain services, such as career development, job coaching, and training. The implications for vocational rehabilitation research and practice are discussed.

Disabilities served:  Multiple disabilities
Populations served:  Rural and remote communities
Transition-age youth (14 - 24)
Adjudicated adults and youth
Consumers receiving federal financial assistance through TANF
Culturally diverse populations (e.g., African Americans, Native Americans, and non-English speaking populations)
High school dropouts / functionally illiterate persons
Persons with multiple disabilities (e.g., deaf-blindness, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse)
SSI and SSDI recipients
Sub-minimum wage employees
Youth in foster care
Interventions:  Vocational rehabilitation
Outcomes:  Employment acquisition
Return to work
Full-time employment
Part-time employment