The Drop-In Center
814 Harrison St.
Oak Park, IL 60304
NAMI Education Offices
818 Harrison St, 2nd Flr.
Oak Park, IL 60304

A NAMI Employment Specialist will work with you to come up with a career plan focused on your personal goals and preferences.  The focus is on finding a balance between employment and your own recovery goals.

 About Individual Placement and Support (IPS)

Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is an evidence-based practice supported by Dartmouth University. NAMI’s IPS adherence to best practice guidelines has made NAMI a leader in the field of employment for people with severe mental illness.

Goals and Objectives

  1. Partner with local organizations and businesses to expand potential employment opportunities for our job candidates.
  2. Create networking events for our candidates and partnering employers.
  3. Ensure candidates are well prepared for the interview process.
  4. Create an experience that allows for self-discover in relation to our candidates’ career goals.

FOR EMPLOYERS:

A NAMI Employment Specialist will provide their services at no cost to employers. The skills of each candidate is matched with the unique needs of your company. Our goal is to minimize turnover and increase productivity with our dedicated, motivated, and reliable applicants. Our Employment Specialist will continue to support you and your new hire. We also connect employers with resources that offer business tax credits for those who employ persons with disabilities.

FOR CANDIDATES:

A NAMI Employment Specialist will work with you to come up with a career plan focused on your personal goals and preferences. Through coaching, mock interviews, resume development, and on-the-job support, an Employment Specialist is there to help foster strong employer-employee relationships. The focus is on finding a balance between employment and your own recovery goals. 

Candidate Profiles

Client A       docxResume                 Status: Actively seeking work

Client A is very passionate about animal care, with over 10 years experience. He also has experience with maintenance of our local community. Client A looks forward to utilizing his work experience in a position with opportunities for personal and professional growth. 

Client B       docxResume                 Status: Actively seeking work

Passionate about healthcare, Client B is an experienced and certified phlebotomist looking to continue her work in the medical field. In addition to her work experience, she has also utilized her skills in her community through extensive volunteerism with numerous organizations.

Client C       docxResume               Status: Actively seeking work

Bilingual and a graduate with a degree in Anthropology, Client C looks forward to prospects that allow him to continue exercising his skills in research and data analysis. With experience working with children and adults, Client C would be an invaluable addition to any company.


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 Sixteen jobs secured in the last 6 months 

 

 

Contact our Employment Specialist Today!

Latesha Pike

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708-524-2582 ext. 104

For more information on IPS:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3266767/

http://il.nami.org/supported_employment.htm

http://dartmed.dartmouth.edu/spring10/html/working_wonders.php