Recovery Oriented Employment Services (ROES) Program for Recoverees
The DMHAS funded Recovery Oriented Employment Services (ROES) Program integrates recovery support with vocational tools for recoverees in the Hartford, Willimantic, and New London areas. ROES is a three-pronged approach to helping individuals in early recovery from alcohol or other drugs find employment. The seven week curriculum infuses recovery principles into vocational training. The program also connects participants (recoverees) with one-on-one support through CCAR’s Telephone Recovery System (TRS) and offers volunteer opportunities at CCAR’s Recovery Community Centers.
Individuals who are in either in-patient or out-patient are eligible for the program. CCAR is collaborating with Intercommunity, a treatment provider on the project. Intercommunity gauges who is appropriate for the program, connects recoverees to other vocational programs, case manages their efforts at finding a job, and refers recoverees to treatment or other services.
CCAR’s ROES Curriculum, Recovery Works, is based on a nine modules focusing on financial basics and time management, employment risks in early recovery, making your cover letter/resume stand-out, internet job searching, work challenges, interviewing skills including how to handle those tough questions, and integrating recovery thinking into workplace ethics. This open-ended training is designed to allow individuals to rotate in and out of the modules.
ROES recoverees complete evaluation forms consisting of fill-in and multiple choice questions after each module. These evaluations confirm the success of the trainings; 91% of recoverees answered excellent or very good to their multiple choice evaluation questions.
Through the Employment Services Program Intercommunity, Alcohol & Drug Recovery Centers, Inc. and CCAR are teaming up at the RCCs in Hartford, New London and Willimantic locations to offer individuals in recovery:
- Intercommunity’s Employment Specialists assess each participant’s readiness to begin the program and assists with basic needs, case management and treatment or services referrals.
- Vocational Services include assistance with: recovery, employment, housing, education, life skills training, legal issues, opening bank accounts, and free tax return help.
- Case management is available for up to 120 days after completing the program.
- Intercommunity works with the Department of Labor to provide referrals to job announcements and vocational and educational training such as felony ex-offender workshops where recoverees address past criminal issues and are provided with bonding services.
- Intercommunity Vocational Services has worked with the CT Dept. of Labor and other employment services to find jobs for people in recovery throughout Connecticut.
- CCAR training includes job readiness and recovery plan.
- CCAR’s Recovery Community Center offers volunteer orientation, training, and opportunities for service.
To inquire about CCAR’s Employment Services, contact your local RCC.