Academic journal article Social Security Bulletin

Client Profile #5: A Return to the Mainstream

Academic journal article Social Security Bulletin

Client Profile #5: A Return to the Mainstream

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Dennis' was one client who needed much more than rehabilitation and employment services to reintegrate in society. He was a 40-year-old DI beneficiary who had been homeless for 2 years. Dennis' primary disability was Aortic Regurgitation, a heart malady, but he also suffered from depression and dizziness (from a past head trauma). He functioned in the borderline mental retardation range and was a recovering alcoholic. Despite Dennis' multiple disabilities and his general separation from society, his case manager Lisa' felt that with a lot of attention and services, he could be rehabilitated.

First Project NetWork helped Dennis attend to some basic needs. Lisa helped Dennis get food stamps and Medicaid; she helped him find housing through a housing service; she arranged for heart, eye, and dental exams; and she even helped him pick out eyeglass frames. Dennis was prone to angry (almost violent) outbursts. In order to help stop these outbursts, Lisa referred Dennis to a behavior management group.

Dennis had a very distinct career goal: to be a truck driver. Although he needed several types of services prior to beginning his job search, Lisa thought this was an attainable goal. Dennis was self-motivated: he enrolled in a GED course to meet the academic requirements of his intended vocation, and he picked up literature on obtaining a certified drivers license from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Shortly after Dennis joined Project NetWork, and some basic evaluations had been completed, Lisa arranged for him to begin working with John,' a job developer. Over the next several months, Dennis and John began discussing some possible, more immediate employment opportunities and proper interviewing techniques. …

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