Long-Term Employment Supports with KCQ typically begin with a referral from the State of Minnesota Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) or a county case manager. Both counties and the State of Minnesota through the Extended Employment Program can provide funding for KCQ for long-term employment supports. If you are not presently receiving services with VRS or case management services from a county, KCQ can assist you with setting up an informational meeting with either entity.
Once a referral has been made to KCQ for long-term employment supports a meeting will be scheduled with you, the funding agency, and other team members that may be providing services to you or anyone else you feel would be important to have present. At this meeting we will discuss your employment and specific areas where you want support. The next step will be for a KCQ Employment Coordinator to meet with you and your employer to explain long-term employment supports and that KCQ is a resource for your employer as it pertains to your employment. Your KCQ Employment Coordinator will then check in with you a minimum of two times a month in-person, and talk to your supervisor once per month. During those check-ins your KCQ Employment Coordinator will review you with you any concerns you or your employer have about your work. Within the first 30 days of service KCQ will work with you to develop an Employment Support Plan that outlines KCQ's role and supports provided along with objectives you want to work on to help you to maintain and/or advance in your employment. This service will continue indefinitely or until you decide you no longer need the support. The following list is an example of instances where Long-Term Employment Support Services can be beneficial:
- In situations where an individual's disability experiences periods of instability requiring time away from work where KCQ can advocate with your employer and help you maintain your job
- When an individual has difficulty advocating for themselves
- When a new manager takes over and there is friction or perhaps the removal of accommodations that were helping an individual be successful in their employment
- To assist with sporadic issues with coworkers
- When someone experiences discrimination or harassment at their job
- When new tasks are added and extra training is needed