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Education & Training
Career & Development

Some 90 percent of mentally disabled individuals do not work, yet research suggests more than 75 percent of these potential employees have both the desire and ability to work.(1)

Employment opportunities and training for persons with disabilities or disadvantages in the past were limited to traditional vocational services such as developing job placement skills and job coaching. Although these services are beneficial, they are most effective when embedded into a more comprehensive program - one that develops and supports consumers after employment is obtained.

Research shows that both the need for and use of mental health services decrease after successful completion of job training and job placement programs. A recent study conducted locally, revealed a significant reduction in inpatient services after career development participation, resulting in an average monthly decrease in days hospitalized by 0.76 days, translating to an average cost savings of $632.32 per consumer, per month, or an annual per-consumer savings of $7,587.84.

For most people, obtaining employment has a direct relation to mental health. In addition, disabled individuals excel in environments that foster development and personal accountability.

An integrated approach to behavioral health needs to assist disadvantaged, disabled and non-disabled people, by creating meaningful career opportunities for those who may lack such opportunities in the existing job market.

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1. Widening the Definition of Work, Behavioral Healthcare

Since 1875...

AspenPointe has empowered clients, enriched lives and embraced purpose through behavioral health services, counseling services, career services, substance abuse treatment, employment, education, housing, jail diversion/reintegration and care management.

One of the largest nonprofits in Colorado Springs, AspenPointe traces its roots back to 1875 when we were called the Springs Relief Society. That organization, which delivered coal, lumber and clothing to the needy, was the genesis of what today is a comprehensive and integrated system of care that addresses the overall wellness of each client whether they need behavioral health services, counseling services or career services.

We have 12 organizations that serve more than 30,000 individuals and families each year through behavioral health services, counseling services, career services, education, housing, jail diversion/reintegration, telephonic wellness and care management.

We collaborate with clergy, educators, employers, other health and human service agencies, the legal/criminal justice system, other behavioral health providers, insurers, and many other organizations to leverage our collective resources in order to better our communities and the lives of its residents.

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit funded largely by Medicaid, state and federal grants, local government contracts, and generous donations.

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