Vocational Rehabilitation

Mission, Vision, and Goals

Youth Intensive Services for the purposes of services provided to youth is a non-profit corporation established under the laws of the Ohio Secretary of State and whose mission is to help those in our care lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

Youth Intensive Services vision and goals include:

  • Respecting and responding to the unique needs and concerns of youth and families of at-risk and/or youth and individuals suffering from addiction and mental and emotional disturbance.
  • Striving to provide essential accessible substance abuse treatment, support, education, rehabilitation, and referral services to the residents of Mahoning County and surrounding communities.
  • Providing quality services and programs in a professional, confidential manner that meets the needs of our consumers and the community at large.
  • Maintaining a team of competent health care professionals and support staff committed to serving in a responsible, sensitive and effective manner.
  • Cooperating with human service providers, businesses, government, and other organizations to enrich the lives of those suffering from addiction.
  • Commitment to act in accordance with all state and federal laws in a non-discriminating manner.

Vocational Rehabilitation works to support individuals who are having a difficult time finding jobs in their community.


The purpose of the program scaffolds each consumer to acquire and maintain employment. Each consumer works one on one with a highly trained staff member in order to find employment based off his/her history, interests, skills, and strengths.

The Vocational Rehabilitation Program works with local businesses to benefit the community at large by focusing on economic growth in the area.


Intake Interview

1-2 hours
Part of the application process and is the beginning of the comprehensive assessment to determine eligibility and the services to be included on the individual Plan for Employment.

Vocational Testing

3-4 hours
Vocational Testing is the process of identifying and appraising an individual’s level of functioning in relation to vocational preparation and employment decision making. These activities include but are not limited to: identifying & evaluating academic skill level, abilities, capabilities, & interests.

Vocational Consultation

3 hours
Develop Computer Skills: Microsoft Word, Internet Browsing

Career Exploration

6 hours
Career Exploration is utilized to assist an individual in selecting an employment goal among several potential options.

CX may be utilized when an individual has participated in VT and narrowed their employment goals to two or three options. CX is intended to provide the individual job seeker an opportunity to interact and observe with people in performing job tasks. CX involves the job seeker conducting informational interviews with individuals who are actually performing (not academic/college programs) the duties of the identified occupation. The job seeker may also have the opportunity job shadow to observe the other individual performing the job tasks associated with the identified occupation.

Community Based Assessment

10 hours
Community Based Assessments (CBA) are utilized to provide information on an individual’s aptitudes, abilities, behaviors, and preferences or to determine if a specific employment opportunity would be an acceptable match.

The purpose of the service is to assess an individual’s strengths and needs and to make recommendations for future programming.

Job Development

10 hours
Job Development involves a systematic approach to identifying and contacting potential employers who may or may not have a posted position opening.

Youth Intensive Services’ staff will work with the job seeker during the initial time frame to develop a placement plan which identifies specific responsibilities for the job developer and individual, lists specific positions and employers that the job seeker would like to pursue, and establishes the frequency and method of contact between the job developer and job seeker.

Job Seeking Skills

15 hours
Job Seeking Skills Training is designed to assist an individual to successfully identify and respond to potential job opportunities.

The service may be provided on an individual basis or in a group setting. Youth Intensive Services’ staff will address the following: how to locate job opportunities through the newspaper, online, job boards, and ‘cold calling’ techniques (i.e. telephone script); how to develop a job application template, resume, cover letter; how to follow up with employers after completing an application or interview; how to address potential barriers such as breaks in employment history, criminal convictions, and need for reasonable accommodations; how to handle difficult interview questions, and to teach consumers the importance of and how to manage their online profiles. The outcome of the service is that the individual has the skills and resources to assist in their job search or conduct a new job search if necessary after case closure.

Job Coaching

100 hours
Job Coaching provides one-on-one instruction to individuals who have been hired by an employer to help individuals learn job tasks, develop natural and peer supports, and to adjust to the work environment. Youth Intensive Services’ staff will perform a job task analysis and develop a coaching plan that identifies specific qualitative and quantitative performance standards based on the employer’s expectations and industry standards.

Job Retention

5 hours
Job Retention is designed to provide less intensive job supports once the job coach has transitioned out of the job site. During the retention phase the Youth Intensive Services’ staff will maintain contact with the employer and individual. Duration, frequency, and method of contact should be dictated by the individual. The outcome of the service will be that the individual will successfully maintain employment.

The agency service plan shall be available for review in the main office by persons served, their family, significant others and the public or by request.

Youth Intensive Services shall revise and update the service description when any of the information required in paragraph (C) of OAC 5122-26-09 changes.

Target Population

  • 16-65 years old
  • Mental Health Diagnosis
  • Developmental Delays
  • Mild Moderate MR
  • Autism, Asperger’s, PDD
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Criminal History



Monday-Saturday 8 AM to 8 PM

Needs & Characteristics

Individuals with a mental health diagnosis, physical limitation, an intellectual disability, and those with convictions to find and maintain employment.

Goals & Scope

Working one on one with a Job Coach to acquire employment for a ninety day period.

Entrance & Exit Criteria

Becoming referred into the Vocational Rehabilitation Program from Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities and successfully maintaining employment for ninety days.


Youth Intensive Services Office, Local Businesses, and Consumer’s Place of Employment.

Days of Service

7 days/week depending on consumer’s needs

Vocational Rehabilitation Program

Aims to transfer skills…

  • Create & Accomplish Goals such as maintaining employment
  • Self-Esteem by building confidence
  • Improve Quality of Life by understanding barriers and adapting iwth support