Mission Mountain Enterprises provides opportunities for the people we support to participate in employment through our Community Employment Program.
The program is designed to provide people who qualify for the program opportunities to work as independently as possible at a competitive job placement in the community.
The employment program is based on the individual’s employment choices and the vocational skills that they possess. Through our Community Employment Program we provide the following services to the people in services depending on their needs, eligibility, and choices:
• Supported Employment – This program is for persons with intellectual disabilities who, because of their disabilities, need intensive ongoing support to perform in a work setting. Supported employment provides the opportunity to work for pay in regular employment, integrated with people who do not have disabilities and who are not paid caregivers. They also receive long-term support services in order to retain employment.
• Transitional Employment Services – Through this program we assist a person served through reviewing and teaching job seeking skills, preparing a resume, practicing interviewing, and organizing a job search. The MME Employment Development Specialist also works with individuals on other important aspects of a job search such as good grooming, personal hygiene, problem solving, and providing or arranging transportation.
• Job Development – Our Employment Development Specialist will discuss with the individual what types of jobs that they would be interested in. Once the type of job and employer is identified the Employment Development Specialist will either contact the employer or assist the individual in contacting the employer. Our staff is in contact with the Polson Job Service to see what current vacancies are available with local businesses, and what types of jobs may be available in the future. The Employment Development Specialist may develop and on the job evaluation for an individual to participate in.
• Community Based Assessment – The Employment Development Specialist will work with an individual and the employer to develop a work site where you can get the opportunity to actually work for an employer to see if an individual likes the job and is able to succeed at it. A person would be given a set amount of hours to work at this business and would be paid for doing the job. The wages and workman’s compensation would be provided for the employer who employs a person during a trial placement.
• On the Job Training – This program provides a new employee the chance to learn specific job skills that are generally required at the time of application but are being taught instead by the employer on the job during the initial few weeks or month of employment. An employer is eligible for up to 50% for an agreed upon period of time. The employee must be on the employer’s payroll with a commitment to hire if the OJT candidate is successful in the job. This program is available only to people who are receiving services through the State of Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Program.
• Work Opportunity Tax Credit – This is a tax credit and not a deduction. If a person is employed for at least 400 hours the credit is 40% of the unsubsidized wages was paid to him up to $6,000.This program is available only to people who are receiving services through the State of Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Program