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Consumer Initiated Economic Development Program

Job Quest, CMHA Kawartha Lakes and the Mental Health Program of Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH) are pleased to announce that they have received funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The three partners applied for funding for the Consumer Initiated Economic Development Program, the goal of which is to support people with serious mental illness to prepare for and obtain employment. People with serious mental illness have by far the highest rate of unemployment than any other group, disabled or not, at 75 to 89%. Despite these staggering figures, People with serious mental illness can work when they have specialized supports, such as those that would be provided through the Consumer Initiated Economic Development Program.

Job Quest, CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association Kawartha Lakes) and the RMH Mental Health Program are using the funding to hire a Project Planning and Partnership Development Coordinator. The Coordinator’s chief responsibility will be to move the initiative forward from conceptualization (where it stands now) to a concrete, community-supported and sustainable program model.

The Coordinator’s role will focus on:

  • Building community, business and employer partnerships to support the Consumer Initiated Economic Development Program with an emphasis on buy-in and allocation of concrete resources.
  • Developing detailed implementation, evaluation & sustainability plans for the program.
  • Exploring and accessing revenue sources to support the program.

Also supporting this initiative are Adult Protective Services (APS), Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT), Northern Lights Vocational Services and
Survivors Psychiatric Advocacy Network (SPAN).

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Job Quest is a member of:

Chamber of Commerce Lindsay and District logo Ontario Rehabilitation, Work and Community logo
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Job Quest, as a division of Community Living Kawartha Lakes, is supported in part by the United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes