The Center for Vocational Rehabilitation, Inc.
732-544-1800 ext. 211
At the Center for Vocational Rehabilitation Inc., (CVR) it is our mission to promote social independence, quality of life, and maximize vocational potential for all persons with special needs. Programs within our agency include partial care/behavioral health, vocational evaluations, extended employment in our production center, and supported employment. We serve adults with mental illness and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Many of our participants participate in working on the production floor completing piece work. We also offer groups and individualized support for participants to assist them in further developing their skills.
Partial Care/Behavioral Health
CVR’s Partial Care program is available to participants ages 18 and older with a DSM diagnosis who have Medicaid benefits. Transportation is provided to and from program for those living in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Psychiatric services are also offered to participants attending the Partial Care program. Participants attend group sessions daily and weekly individual sessions with highly qualified case coordinators. Participants will collaborate with their assigned case coordinators to establish their goals. Participants will attend groups based on their goals. Group topics include social skills, independent living skills, self-esteem, job readiness, illness management and recovery, coping skills, and many more! One aspect that sets CVR apart from other partial care programs is that participants in CVR’s Partial Care program are eligible to participate in work therapy for up to two hours a day and earn a paycheck.
CVR provides evaluation services for adults with disabilities who are in need of identifying observable work skills, gaining insight to vocational interest areas, and identifying strengths, weaknesses, and potential barriers to competitive community employment. During the evaluation, participants will have an opportunity to work in our Production Center, where they learn a variety of job tasks. In addition to this work experience, we offer community sampling services. The evaluators will bring the participant to a community work site, in order to evaluate them in another environment to identify vocational needs, wants, and possible barriers. Additionally, CVR provides weekly individual counseling sessions during which participants will have an opportunity to discuss their feelings, thoughts, concerns (etc.) with his or her evaluator. We also have a variety of assessment batteries that are completed with the participants. At the end of the evaluation, CVR will compose a final report complete with assessment results, attendance summary, situational assessments, identifiable work habits, interests, potential barriers to community employment, summary and recommendations. These evaluations run for a period of 25 days. (Holidays and excused absences are not included in the 25 day count). After completion of the evaluation participants traditionally attend additional in-house programs or supported employment.
This program is available to people 25 years or older who have been referred to CVR through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS). Participants in this program are assigned to a CVR case manager at CVR with whom they develop vocational goals, and have individual sessions with monthly. Participants in this program do not attend group sessions, and solely work on the production floor where they earn paychecks on a variety of jobs contracted to CVR from community businesses. This program is often a good choice for people who are unable, or not yet ready, to maintain employment in the community at this time, but who are still good workers and interested in maintaining/building more vocational training before entering independent competitive employment in the community.
CVR’s Supported employment program serves adults and students with disabilities. Participants can be referred to these services from Partial Care, Extended Employment programs, DVRS, or other outside agencies. This program offers services to help individuals gain and maintain community employment. Each participant in this program is assigned to an Employment Specialist/ Job Coach, who works individually with him or her to determine vocational interest areas, ability level, and placement opportunities in the community. These specialists assist in a variety of employment areas, such as resume development, preparing for interviews, attending the interview process, soft skill development, and even shadowing participants in the initial stages of community employment. Job coaches gradually fade back as the person settles into his or her new job, but remains available to them as needed.
Margaret Shalikar, LSW
Director of Behavioral Health
Center for Vocational Rehabilitation, Inc.
15 Meridian Road
Eatontown, NJ 07724
P: 732-544-1800 ext. 211
Employment / Training
Behavioral / Mental Health
Last Updated: 12/05/17