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Employment Services in Tennessee

Vocational Rehabilitation
The Department of Human Services’ Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) is the state agency that receives federal money to provide employment services for persons with disabilities, including those diagnosed with a mental illness or co-occurring disorder. There is a broad array of services available including: vocational assessment, career planning, job readiness training, job development, job skills counseling, supported employment, and job coaching. To learn more about Vocational Rehabilitation services in your area, click on http://tennessee.gov/humanserv/rehab/vrs.htm.

Tennessee Career Centers
Tennessee Career Centers are where people and jobs connect. Tennessee has a network of centers across the state where employers can go to find the workers they need and where job seekers can get assistance and career information. Each center offers computerized labor market information, internet access, workshops, and an online talent bank, in addition to job placement, recruitment, and training referrals. For more information about the Tennessee Career Centers and the location of the Center in your area, click on http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/cc/.

Community Mental Health Centers
Several Mental Health Organizations in Tennessee offer a variety of employment services to assist consumers with obtaining meaningful, competitive employment. These centers include:

Frontier Health (Victory Center) – northeast Tennessee – 423-975-6000
Peninsula – east Tennessee – 865-374-7134
Ridgeview – east Tennessee – 865-481-6170
AIM Center – southeast Tennessee – 423-702-8015
Centerstone – middle Tennessee –
Park Center – Davidson County – 615-650-2900
Pathways –west Tennessee - 731-541-4545
Quinco – west Tennessee – 731-658-6113
Lowenstein House – Shelby County – 901-274-5486

Veterans Administration
The Department of Veteran’s Affairs Recovery Services offers employment services at each of the VA Hospitals in Tennessee. For more information, contact the following persons:

Diane Shelton, James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, Johnson City – 423-979-2719
Stephen Kovnesky, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Nashville – 615-907-8854
Kerri Wilhoite, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Murfreesboro – 615-255-3638
Whitney Bailey, Memphis VA Medical Center, Memphis – 901-523-8990

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