2018 TASH Conference has ended
Each year, the TASH Conference brings together a diverse community of stakeholders who gain information, learn about resources, and connect with others across the country to strengthen the disability field. This year’s conference theme, “Be Creative - Innovative Solutions for an Inclusive Life,” reminds us to think outside the box during times of uncertainty. Creativity, innovation, and determination can pave the way for meaningful and inclusive lives for people with disabilities.

Thursday, November 29 • 1:05pm - 1:55pm
Advancing Employment First Strategies for People with Mental Health Disabilities Seating Available

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For the last twenty-five years, a paramount message spanning the disability community and increasingly society in general is that people with disability labels have historically experienced significant roadblocks to employment, but are ready, willing, and able to work. Most importantly, when matched to jobs based on their interests, preferences, education, and skillsets, people with disabilities are highly productive and parallel with their nondisabled peers. This presentation will focus on why specific practices are effective in successfully supporting people with mental health disabilities to thrive in productive employment; current initiatives through the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) that support Employment First systems change for people with mental health disabilities; dissect the evidence and quality indicators of 21st century workforce development and mental health practices; identify the challenges to that system; and identify ways to further de-stigmatize mental health challenges to better foster coordinated efforts across mental health providers, workforce development resources, and private and public sector employers. Meaningful work early and often throughout the treatment and recovery process is imperative, but to fully embrace and maximize productivity from this largely untapped labor source, mental health services and workforce development resources will need to establish and foster new partnerships to overcome diagnosis stigma, and to create an understanding and respect of the non-linear pathway to health and wellness.

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Richard Davis

Policy Advisor, Office of Disability Employment Policy

Thursday November 29, 2018 1:05pm - 1:55pm
Salmon - Third Floor 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201

Attendees (24)