The Cobb County Community Services Board and the Douglas County Community Services Board are public agencies created by state law to provide mental health, developmental disability, and substance abuse services. The service area is Cobb County and Douglas County, Georgia. The majority of funds utilized to provide services are generated through a contract with the State of Georgia, Medicaid and Medicare revenue, Cobb County, Douglas County, Vocational Rehabilitation, grants, and private pay.
The agency's goals include: consumer preference; work initiatives; and the expansion of the availability and access to natural community supports through the reduction of stigma. Programs are JCAHO (Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) accredited. The Cobb County Community Services Board and the Douglas County Community Services Board are national Best Practice providers as exemplified in the following demonstration grants funded through the US Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy: Customized Employment, WorkForce Action, Training and Technical, and Assistance to Providers.
Project EMPLOY, an innovative program of supported employment transitioning mentally challenged residents into the job market, is one of four such programs in the nation.
In the past year Project Employ created more than 20 white-collar jobs, most in computer-based employment. The program is a cooperative agreement with businesses and local unions to provide Information Technology training to people with mental retardation and other disabilities who have been left out of the employment sector. The partnership with metro Atlanta businesses creates and expands opportunities for people with cognitive disabilities to obtain white-collar jobs.
This project allows the Cobb/Douglas Community Services Boards to provide technical assistance to mentor other community-based organizations interested in replicating Project EMPLOY, provide access to public relations efforts to promote its local/national visibility, and to participate in national think tank sessions, leadership conferences and training workshops.
The Supported Employment Department of the Cobb and Douglas County Community Services Boards is committed to providing and establishing employment for persons diagnosed with mental retardation, mental health, and/or substance abuse disabilities. The staff assists persons in entering and maintaining competitive employment based on the needs of the consumer. The job coaches in the Supported Employment Program are certified by the Human Services Management Institute at the University of Georgia. The Supported Employment Program is the first in Georgia to have all of its job coaches certified, ensuring competent staff well-versed in the latest in employment services. The program's goal is to guide people toward a positive work experience.
The choices of employment include:
· resource ownership
· wage employment
The CSB received a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to provide self-employment and micro-enterprise funding. The Department of Labor funding, called a Customized Employment Grant, is an innovative program designed to be a national demonstration site. According to Project Director Doug Crandell, the CSB program is one of seven such programs in the nation.
Cobb County Community Services Board /
Douglas County Community Services Board
3830 South Cobb Drive, Suite 300
Smyrna, GA 30080
Doug Crandell, Director
2051 Greenridge Street
Smyrna, GA 30080
The Community Services Boards' Policies and Procedures and their corresponding forms are available online at:
Information for this topic was drawn from the Cobb County CSB website at:
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