Nexus Health Systems believes each person has the right to live and work in an environment that provides the greatest degree of independence and highest quality of life possible. At Nexus Neurorecovery Center, each patient enrolled in our Vocational Rehabilitation Program receives a comprehensive vocational assessment to determine a customized treatment plan consistent with their unique interests, capabilities, and short and long-term goals.
The Vocational Rehabilitation Program provides ample opportunities for patients to develop a set of skills to include on a resume with the goal of returning to competitive, meaningful employment, after suffering an acquired or traumatic brain injury, illness, or disease. Whether inpatient or outpatient, our program enhances physical endurance, cognitive skills, positive worker traits and marketable skills, while complimenting the goals set forth by the physical, occupation, and speech therapies.
We conduct a comprehensive assessment of an individual’s vocational potential to determine a customized program to meet his or her respective psycho-social adjustment needs. Incorporated in the assessment are situational work samples and testing equipment allowing for multi-day, on-site vocational evaluations to assess current interests, skills, aptitudes, abilities, and goals. This personal information helps develop and implement vocational and return to work plans.
Transferable Skills Analyses (TSAs) are also conducted and based on the results of the testing help to identify potential and viable career alternatives and options.
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Community re-entry is based on a patient’s successful performance in vocational assessments. Outcomes of competitive or non-competitive employment include:
Nexus’ Career and Employment Specialist provides job readiness training, and resumes and cover letters are developed, practice applications are completed, job matching and target employers are identified, personal job searches are taught and conducted, practice interviews are performed, and professional dressing and grooming is reinforced. Personal and Social Adjustment Training is also implemented to assist the patients with keeping the jobs.
Our Neurorecovery Center and the Career and Employment Specialist consistently build and maintain relationships with employers within the community. National chains are targeted for patients returning to locations outside of the Houston area as well.
After employment is obtained, patients work with a job coach who provides on-the-job support services ensuring the patient has a successful transition into employment. These efforts also provide education for the employer regarding the nature of the disabilities, and encompass follow-up services to maintain employee and employer satisfaction.
Nexus Neurorecovery Center provides a variety of on-campus employment opportunities to assess patients’ development under actual working conditions, with a particular focus on safety awareness, social behaviors, and employment practices. These opportunities help clients improve physical stamina, increase cognitive ability, improve work quality, and speed of production in a secure, monitored environment.
On-campus employment opportunities include:
Designed to meet the unique needs of each individual and address a variety of vocational impediments, our Personal Social Adjustment Training (PSAT) is a structure class addressing work-related behaviors that inhibit patients’ abilities to successfully search for a job and achieve and maintain employment.
In this structured group training program, patients build the practical and behavioral skill-sets necessary to conduct a job search and obtain competitive employment. The curriculum focuses on teaching patients the appropriate strategies, tactics, and behaviors that will help the search to find and secure long-term employment.
Nexus’ Job Placement Specialist provides patients in our program with job search training and support to help them obtain and enter into competitive employment. The ultimate goal is to match our patients with jobs consistent with his or her unique strengths, interests, abilities, capabilities, desired employment goal, and working conditions.
Associated skills training includes, but is not limited to, application completion, interviewing, resume writing, and targeted job searching. Nexus Neurorecovery Center offers additional follow-up services in effort to ensure a comfortable transition into the work environment for the client and employer and at least 90-day stable job retention.
The Supported Employment (SE) service works with clients living with significant disabilities that are in need of ongoing employment support services within an integrated setting. Our Neurorecovery Center professionals identify and pair patients with the most appropriate job opportunities and provide ongoing support to help individuals obtain and maintain fulfilling, long-term employment.
SE services may include individualized:
Currently, Nexus Neurorecovery Center’s Vocational Rehabilitation Program partners with local employers include nurseries, auto detailing services, silkscreen print shops, several retail stores, and food banks. The job coaches assist with providing on-the-job support services to establish whether the worker is able to make the successful transition into employment, plus a team effort is made for the education of the employer regarding the nature of the disabilities and conducting follow-up services to ensure the employee and employer are satisfied.
Nexus’ Job Placement Specialist evaluates employers in the community to establish if our patients will be able to perform the duties of a specific job. The skills, knowledge and abilities, plus the overall worker traits, are evaluated and recommendations are made regarding an individual’s potential to complete a specific job.
Note: Nexus Neurorecovery Center is contracted with Texas’s Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) to provide vocational services.
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