JFSA Ascentia's Supported Employment Program that is funded by the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga
County. Supported Employment is a well defined approach to helping people with mental illness find and keep competitive employment within their communities. The role of the employment specialist is to help clients develop new employment roles as part of the recovery process. Clients receive individualized assistance with interviewing skills, resume writing, job leads, work attire and other support as needed by the employment specialist.
JFSA Ascentia is a vendor for and receive referrals from the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission and the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation to serve persons with a variety of physical, mental and other disabilities.
Traditional Vocational Rehabilitation Services helps people with all types of significant disabilities prepare for employment consistent with their interests and abilities. These services also help people maintain their current employment, if their disability is threatening continued employment. Services such as Job Seeking Skills Training, Vocational Evaluations, Community Based Assessments and other services are provided to eligible clients according to an individualized plan that leads to gainful employment that is developed by the BVR, or OWC Counselor.
JFSA Ascentia's Social and Recreational Program is a holistic approach to mental illness is taken by focusing on not only healing the body's mind but physical body too as a means to promote recovery. The program takes place throughout the community and includes a partnership with the Mandel Jewish Community Center. Participants play in team sports, lift weights and participate in aerobic exercises at the Mandel JCC.
Other activities include field trips to museums, apple orchards, the zoo and sporting events. Dances, holiday parties and movie nights are also planned on a regular basis.
Every year, Ascentia mental health clients take part in the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) Walk in downtown Cleveland.
The JFSA Ascentia Work and Recreation Services program is funded in part by:
Art therapy, daily community outings and volunteer opportunities are all part of JFSAs Ascentia Day Support Program. Adults with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities can take part in individual or group activities that are designed to stimulate both the mind and body, promoting health and wellness. Activities include
Objectives of the Ascentia Day Support Program
Promotion of optimal functioning
Person centered supports that are customized and flexible
Engagement in meaningful and enjoyable daily activities
Enjoy These Benefits
Increased recreational skills
Improved interpersonal skills
Improved personal care skills
Enhanced quality of life
Improved physical and mental health through physical activity and friendship development
Improved decision making skills
The program operates five days a week, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm and is open to the public. Transportation to and from the program is provided and also for all community outings. We are located on the beautiful grounds of Park Synagogue, 3300 Mayfield Road in Cleveland Heights. Participants must be enrolled in the Individual Option Waiver or Level One Waiver. Private pay is also accepted.
The JFSA Ascentia Day Support Program was launched with assistance from Mt. Sinai.
For more information, please contact Ashley Palm, Day Support Supervisor at 216-906-6570.
Contact Debby Chickering, Executive Director of Ascentia at 216.504.6421
Jewish Family Service Association of Cleveland |
The Drost Family Center 24075 Commerce Park Road Beachwood Ohio 44122 216.292.3999