WORK AFTER BEING PART OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
As part of our mission to help Vermonters with disabilities prepare for careers, we work closely with participants who are, or have been part of the criminal justice system. Many individuals that have been part of the criminal justice system have a disability that makes them eligible for our services. It could be a learning disability, a mental health condition, a substance use disorder, a cognitive disability, a hearing impairment, or many others.
Finding Work After Incarceration:
Our team of Vocational Counselors work closely with the Department of Corrections to provide support to participants as they transition back to the community from incarceration. Many individuals who secure employment after release do not return to incarceration. Participants get support with preparing for the workforce, career exploration, training, progressive employment, and education opportunities.
How It Works:
Our DOC Liaison Counselor receives a referral directly from case workers in correctional facilities, a family member, or a friend.
The DOC Liaison Counselor then meets with the referred individual within 60 days of their release date.
During that meeting, the DOC Liaison Counselor orients the individual to HireAbility Vermont and helps them prepare for employment services.
Once this is complete, the DOC Liaison Counselor will introduce the individual to a Vocational Counselor in the community in which they will be released, so that they can continue their individualized employment plan, with support and guidance from HireAbility Vermont.
If you are a social worker, family member, or a friend of someone who is currently incarcerated and would like to refer them to work with HireAbility Vermont, please contact our DOC Liaison Counselor:
If you are an individual with a disability that is, or has been, part of the criminal justice system (whether incarcerated or never incarcerated), and would like help getting a job, the HireAbility Vermont team is here to walk you though what unique services we can help you with.
How It Works:
ASSESSING YOUR INTERESTS. Working with your counselor, you’ll start by assessing your interests, strengths and areas of need.
MAP OUT A PLAN. Together with your counselor, you’ll map out a plan, and your counselor will write up an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). Your IPE is your personalized road map to reaching your ultimate career goals.
WORK TOWARD YOUR GOALS. You are never alone. Your counselor will be there every step of the way, and into the future.
We’re here to answer all of your questions. Let’s start talking about what opportunities could be the right fit for you: please fill out our contact us form: