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://www.tn.gov/humanserv/rehab/vrs.html.
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) Ph: 423-975-6000
Peninsula (East Tennessee) Ph: 865-374-7134
Helen Ross McNabb (Knox County) Ph: 865-544-3841
Ridgeview (East Tennessee) Ph: 865-481-6170
AIM Center (Hamilton County) Ph: 423-702-8015
Park Center (Davidson County) Ph: 615-650-2900
Pathways (West Tennessee) Ph: 731-541-4545
Lowenstein House (Shelby County) Ph: 901-274-5486