People Helping People
Supported employment provides unique benefits to both employers and people looking for work. Employers involved with the program are viewed as partners who share a goal of giving back to their communities. At no cost, participating employers have the opportunity to:
Watch the following video clips to help answer some of the most common employer questions.
Why Should I Hire Someone with Mental Illness?
Click on the following links to hear personal accounts for employers from Griff McClure, Employment Counselor from Denver:
Work Opportunity Tax Credit
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal income tax credit that encourages employers to hire job seekers most in need of employment and on-the-job experience. Targeted at specific groups, such as SSI recipients, disconnected youth and ex-felons, the WOTC is designed to help move people from welfare into gainful employment and economic self-sufficiency.
By participating in the WOTC Program, employers still make their own hiring decisions, and they can hire as many individuals who qualify for these tax savings as they want. The current WOTC can be as much as:
To claim the tax credit, employers must complete minimal paperwork, including certification from the state workforce agency (SWA) that the new hire is a member of one of the target job seeker groups. Originally started in 1996, Congress has re-authorized the WOTC program every year and currently continues to accept applications. More information and instructions on how to apply can be found here.
Some of Colorado’s Supported Employment Partners:
Argus Event Staffing
Barnes & Noble
Evergreen Parks & Recreation
Jefferson County Public Schools
Little Caesar’s Pizza
Modern Day Spa
National Jewish Hospital
Premier Food Service
Sinclair Gas Station
Skin Care Colorado Dermatologist
The Book Nook
University of Colorado
For more information about how you can become a part of Colorado’s supported employment program, contact Stacey Teegardin, MS at the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health, 720.822.4198, or firstname.lastname@example.org.