Northeast Career Planning at Unity House

Northeast Career Planning Services at Unity House: Empowering individuals with disabilities to break through barriers to employment.

This program helps with opportunities for employment, training, and education. Career Planning promotes recovery and utilizes strategic partnerships to offer person-centered services.

Your Life. Your Success.

Services

  • Services

    Assisted Competitive Employment (ACE)
    Kiki Garg, Director of Rehabilitation Services

    Offers a continuum of vocational services for those with Mental Health diagnoses and reside in Columbia County. This program focuses its service approach on the foundation that competitive employment is a recovery goal.  Services are individualized and participant choice is at the center of all service interventions.

    Diagnostic Vocational Evaluation (DVE)
    Michael Brocci, Manager of Employment Services

    Assessment of individuals’ strengths and limitations through standardized testing.  Vocational skills, interests and aptitudes are identified in order to recommend training and/or job placement and to develop a realistic vocational plan.

    Interpreter Services
    Amy LaGrange, Program Assistant

    Provides qualified professional interpreters and available wherever full access to communications is required for deaf individuals.

    O.A.S.A.S. Vocational Services (Office of Alcohol & Substance Abuse Services)
    Kiki Garg, Director of Rehabilitation Services

    Comprehensive, vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with chemical dependency issues participating in specific substance abuse treatment programs.  The New Choices program also falls under this funding.

    Preferred Source Employment Contracts
    Janet Simmons, Director of Employment Services

    Provides employment for persons with disabilities in group and individual settings located at New York State and federal agencies, such as the State Education Department, United States Housing and Urban Development, and New York State Archives.  Job titles vary but include clerical, mailroom, and janitorial responsibilities.

    Prevocational Services 
    Michael Brocci, Manager of Employment Services

    Addresses individuals’ vocational interests. They assist individuals who are interested in joining “the world of work” but whose skills are such that they may not expect to obtain competitive employment within the next year.

    PROS –Personalized Recovery Oriented Services
    Ashlei Allen, Program Supervisor

    PROS on Broadway is a comprehensive recovery-oriented program for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. The goal is to integrate treatment, support, and rehabilitation in a manner that facilitates consumers’ recovery.

    What is PROS?

    PROS stands for Personalized Recovery Oriented Services. PROS services are designed to help individuals develop strengths and skills to overcome barriers that prevent the achievement of life goals.

    Who is eligible?

    Individuals 18 years or older with a psychiatric disability, living in Albany or Rensselaer Counties and covered by Medicaid are eligible. Self-pay options are available.

    ​​Where do I go?

    Northeast Career Planning’s PROS is located in Menands, NY. PROS services include both classroom activities and individual counseling. A recreation room and on-site cafeteria are available.

    ​​​What can I expect?

    There are over 70 (45 minute) classes covering a variety of topics for individuals to choose from. PROS services are offered Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm.

    ​​​How does it help?

    Participating in PROS can help you:​

    • Live more independently in the community
    • Involve your family in your recovery
    • Develop a detailed road map to reach your goals
    • Build your support system through peer and professional interaction
    • Find direction and meaning in life

    To learn more, contanct a PROS Practitioner: (518) 465-5204 or PROS@northeastcareer.org.

    ​​​PROS Classes include:

    • Building Relationships
    • Constructive Communication
    • Wellness Self Management
    • Building Self Esteem
    • Interviewing Preparedness
    • Relapse Prevention
    • Independent Living Skills
    • Parenting
    • Meditation and Relaxation
    • Organizing Your Life
    • LGBTQ-Related Topics

    School-to-Work Services
    Kiki Garg, Director of Rehabilitation Services

    Provides students and young adults with vocational education through integrated work, community involvement and vocational exploration. Collaborations with specific high school districts serving all youth with disabilities. Additional targeted contracts in Albany and Rensselaer Counties for youth with mental illness and/or emotional disability.

    Supported Education
    Julie Pirog, Supported Education Team Leader

    A mobile community program which assists individuals with mental illness in choosing, acquiring and maintaining educational goals.  Educational pursuits range from acquisition of basic literacy skills through the achievement of Bachelors, Master’s and/or Professional degrees.

    Supported Employment
    Michael Brocci, Manager of Employment Services

    Job placement services that offer assisted job development, job placement, intensive job coaching and ongoing extended support services for individuals with the most severe disabilities who, without these supports, may be unable to maintain independent competitive employment.

    For information on the NCP OPWDD Safety Plan CLICK HERE

    ​​Traditional Job Placement
    Michael Brocci, Manager of Employment Services

    Job placement services that assist individuals establish job goals, examine the labor market and hiring trends, plan and manage a job search, and secure employment. Also included is ninety days of post-employment follow-up counseling and support to ensure successful transition. Re-placement services are available if needed.

    Work Center Services 
    Michael Brocci, Manager of Employment Services

    Provides adults the opportunity to be gainfully employed while in a supportive and structured environment. The work center employees complete production tasks for various manufacturing contracts while improving work skills and developing strong work habits. Individual vocational counseling services are provided in conjunction with participants’ residential case managers, Medicaid Service Coordinators and other clinical providers.

    Addresses individuals’ vocational interests. They assist individuals who are interested in joining “the world of work” but whose skills are such that they may not expect to obtain competitive employment within the next year.

    PROS –Personalized Recovery Oriented Services
    Ashlei Allen, Program Supervisor

    PROS on Broadway is a comprehensive recovery-oriented program for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. The goal is to integrate treatment, support, and rehabilitation in a manner that facilitates consumers’ recovery.

    Corporate Partners

    Through the Corporate Partnering Program of New York State Industries for the Disabled (NYSID), we partner with regional companies, including:​

    ​The purpose of the Corporate Partnering Program is to develop business opportunities between Preferred Source agencies and private vendors to provide economic incentives for both partners to create new integrated work opportunities for people with disabilities. Disabled individuals working on NYSID Preferred Source contracts perform the majority of contract work (more than 50%).

    ​Greater awareness of these partnerships has increased private sector competition for state contracts and increased willingness on the part of private companies to employ people with disabilities.

    ​We oversee Employment Contracts within New York State and federal agencies. These Employment Contracts provide employment for persons with disabilities in integrated settings located at NYS agencies and at federal agencies, such as The Office for Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

    For more detailed information and history on Corporate Partnerships please visit http://www.nysid.org/.

  • Locations

    Northeast Career Planning at Unity House sites:

    TROY
    2431 6th Ave. in Troy, NY 12180
    (518) 274-2607

    MENANDS
    339 Broadway in Menands, NY 12204
    (518) 465-5201

    ​GLENS FALLS
    16 Pearl Street in Glens Falls, NY 12801
    (518) 812-0280

    ​HUDSON
    1 Vapor Trail in Hudson, NY 12534
    (518) 312-4831

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