RSVP, Inc. is a partner in THE CAPITAL PROJECT, a regional partnership to promote employment of TANF recipients in Richmond City, Henrico County, Chesterfield County, and the City of Colonial Heights.
RSVP, Inc.’s goal as a member of the THE CAPITAL PROJECT is to increase the number of TANF recipients entering gainful employment and to insure all necessary supports are available to increase employment retention, earnings, and benefits.
- Comprehensive Screening & Assessments including Diagnostic services
- Medical Case Management and Assistance applying for SSI/SSDI
- Intensive Work Readiness
- On-site work experience providing essential work skills
- Disability Focused Employment Services
- Post Employment Services that include Job Coaching, Mentoring and Incentives
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
- TANF recipients who participate in VIEW (Virginia Initiative for Employment) not Welfare
- TANF recipients who are VIEW-Exempt
- TANF recipients who are Transitional TANF
The services to be provided by the RSVP, Inc. team of nurses, counselors, and training and employment specialists can include:
• RSVP’s Medical Case Management (MedVIEW) – the intent of this process is to assist the eligible TANF recipients in obtaining medical, psychiatric, substance use or other care needed to recover and participate in a work program. This service has been provided for both VIEW, VIEW-exempt, diversionary, and transitional recipients for the City of Richmond, and the Counties of Henrico, Hanover and Chesterfield/Colonial Heights under previous grants with highly successful outcomes. The goals of the medical case management process are: (1) to obtain treatment and recovery with medical release to work with no restrictions; or (2) to obtain treatment and recovery with medical release to work with restrictions; or (3) to provide Social Security Advocacy services for those not released to work due to the severity of the disability; and (4) to refer for extended employment services for those participants released to work. The medical case management process involves:
• RSVP, Inc. Social Security Advocacy – the intent of this service is to assist those TANF recipients with multiple barriers/disabilities that preclude substantial gainful employment in obtaining SSDI (with Medicare after two years of SSDI eligibility) and/or SSI benefits (with Medicaid eligibility).
• Formal Vocational Evaluation Services – the intent of this is to provide achievement, aptitude, and interest testing for participants to identity their abilities, skills, and vocational interests and assist them in realizing their maximum vocational potential. The tests are administered, scored, and synthesized into a comprehensive VE report with clear results and recommendations for a series of manageable next steps leading to successively higher credentials and employment opportunities in growing occupations (i.e., Career Pathways).
• Follow-up Vocational/Career Counseling Session – the intent of this service is to initiate career exploration and provide an explanation to the participant regarding the results of the vocational evaluation, identify strengths and barriers, discuss career interests and career goals, and facilitate integrated planning and referrals for medical and/or psychiatric care, substance use treatment, referrals for learning disability, ADHD, or other diagnostic evaluations. Referrals are provided for adult education and bridges programs (i.e., GED preparation); job seeking skills/work adjustment/computer literacy training; career readiness certificate training; referrals for apprenticeships, internships, externships, unpaid work experiences; voc-tech training; community college certificate or associate programs; or direct job placement. Those participants with more intensive support needs will be referred for intensive Supported Employment services to include situational assessments, one-on-one job development and placement services, on-site job training/job coaching services, and long term follow-along.
• Supported Employment Services – the intent of this program is to provide individualized one-to-one assistance for participants with significant employment barriers and service needs in order to obtain job development services for quality jobs within the individual’s knowledge, skills, and abilities; to obtain an appropriate job placement with career potential; to teach both soft and hard skills on-the-job for job retention; to provide ongoing job supports for participants to learn required work and behavioral skills, and achieve confidence and success on the job; and to facilitate long-term employment, ongoing learning, and job advancement via follow-along services for one year and up to two years post placement.