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Office of Mental Health

Education and Employment Resources

Resources for young people wishing to pursue an education and/or work while managing a mental health disorder. Included is information about preparing for college life, how to find and keep employment, and links to other agencies that offer other assistance.

Educational Resources

Back to School Leaving OMH site
Toolkit for College Students with Mental Health Disabilities

A Developmental Perspective on College and Workplace Readiness Leaving OMH site
This report provides a developmental perspective on what competencies young people need to be ready for college, the workplace, and the transition to adulthood

Getting Serious About the GED: How NY Can Build a Bridge from High School Dropout to Postsecondary Success Leaving OMH site
Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy white paper (November 2009)

Getting Accommodations at College: Tools for School Leaving OMH site
Costa, Amanda (2011) " Psychiatry Information in Brief: Vol. 8: Iss. 16, Article 1. If you are having trouble with school due to mental health, your school is obligated to provide extra supports and services to help you succeed. These supports and services are called accommodations and they can make a difference. Your school may also make some modifications to the courses at your request.

Graduation Options for Students with Disabilities PDF Document
Power point presentation - September 2013 Transitional Age Youth Institute conference.

Transitions RTC Leaving OMH site
This program conducts cutting edge research that support the transition of youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions (age14-30) into rewarding lives as students and workers.

Vocational Resources

CareerZone Leaving OMH site
The place to explore careers related to your strengths, skills and talents. Help with creating a resume. Develop a budget to get your life on track. Find links to information military careers, or college preparation and financial aid.

Disability Employment Policy Resource Leaving OMH site
The Youth in Transition curriculum, developed by OPED, focuses on teaching “soft” skills or workforce readiness to youth including youth with disabilities.

New York Employment Services System (NYESS) Leaving OMH site
Operating under a whole-person philosophy, New York State (NYS) has successfully brought together its employment services systems to create a single approach to linking and coordinating employment supports, using the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant as the catalyst. NYS' 2011 Medicaid Infrastructure Grant funds the initiatives that comprise the New York Makes Work Pay program…

JobZone Leaving OMH site
Resources for job seekers, including information on your local “One Stop Center” to find a job

NYS ACCES-VR Services (formerly known as VESID) Leaving OMH site Youth/Parents/ Educators/Service Providers
ACCESS- VR is a state funded program which starts with the presumption that all persons with disabilities can benefit from vocational rehabilitation services and should have opportunities to work in jobs integrated within their communities. VR Counselors guide individuals through service programs they need to reach their employment goals.

Social Security Administration “Red Book” Leaving OMH site
TAY and their families can find detailed information on how to keep SSA benefits while working. One of the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) highest priorities is to support the efforts of disabled beneficiaries who want to work by developing policies and services to help them reach their employment goals through work incentives. The Red Book is a general reference tool designed to provide a working knowledge of these provisions. The Red Book is written primarily for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve persons with disabilities. It is also expected that applicants and beneficiaries will use it as a self-help guide.