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Transforming Sheltered Workshops Into Affirmative Businesses: An Outcome Evaluation

Transforming Sheltered Workshops Into Affirmative Businesses: An Outcome Evaluation This paper examines the outcomes associated with Voices, Opportunities and Choices Employment Club (VOCEC), which used the resources of a sheltered workshop to evolve affirmative businesses for people receiving mental health services. Quantitative and qualitative methodologies were used to understand the impact of VOCEC on employment and well-being outcomes compared to the former sheltered workshops and to competitive work. The results suggest that VOCEC has been successful in creating paid employment opportunities at levels approximating minimum wage and establishing a structure to incubate new businesses. The evaluation revealed the process by which Associates experience their participation as rewarding. It also indicated constraints on participation within the VOCEC model. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal American Psychological Association

Transforming Sheltered Workshops Into Affirmative Businesses: An Outcome Evaluation

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Publisher
American Psychological Association
Copyright
Copyright © 2003 American Psychological Association
ISSN
1095-158x
eISSN
1559-3126
DOI
10.2975/26.2003.359.367
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Abstract

This paper examines the outcomes associated with Voices, Opportunities and Choices Employment Club (VOCEC), which used the resources of a sheltered workshop to evolve affirmative businesses for people receiving mental health services. Quantitative and qualitative methodologies were used to understand the impact of VOCEC on employment and well-being outcomes compared to the former sheltered workshops and to competitive work. The results suggest that VOCEC has been successful in creating paid employment opportunities at levels approximating minimum wage and establishing a structure to incubate new businesses. The evaluation revealed the process by which Associates experience their participation as rewarding. It also indicated constraints on participation within the VOCEC model.

Journal

Psychiatric Rehabilitation JournalAmerican Psychological Association

Published: Jan 1, 2003

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