Employment and Recovery Services

 
 

Jobs2Vets is a grant-funded work restoration and peer recovery program for Veterans receiving behavioral healthcare from the East Orange and Lyons Campuses of the Veterans Affairs New Jersey Healthcare System (VANJ). The primary goal of the Jobs2Vets program is to help substance-abusing and dual-disordered homeless veterans achieve and maintain employment, while preventing relapse and promoting improvement in overall mental health functioning.

 

We serve approximately 100 Veterans every year who are desiring to return to the workforce, but are suffering­ from chronic homelessness and unemployment, due to years of untreated mental health and substance abuse disabilities.

We are different from other vocational rehabilitation and employment service programs, because all of our case-workers are in recovery, overcame barriers to employment, and re-established their independence from the VANJ.

 

In contrast to government programs, we offer personalized, proactive and patient-driven services that help Veterans return to the workforce. Furthermore, our credentialed peer and non-peer staff are experienced in the rehabilitation of Veterans from underserved minority groups who are experiencing health and behavioral health disparities.

 

The Jobs2Vets peer mentorship and recovery support model is increasing employment opportunities, promoting workforce development, and helping Veterans break the cycle of mental illness, substance abuse and chronic homelessness.

 

MTI IBD and the Jobs2Vets program are a part of the VANJ’s existing plan to end homelessness and increase employment. Jobs2Vets is a collaborative effort between MTI IBD, SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), the VANJ, and the Rutgers-Bloustein Center for Survey Research.