Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation is Central to Recovery

Project Transition was founded on the premise that, despite the presence of psychiatric disorders, individuals with serious mental illness can reclaim their lives. For many, an important step toward creating a life worth living is securing and maintaining satisfying employment, which can provide a sense of belonging, purpose and productivity.

To that end, Project Transition provides an array of evidence-based psychiatric vocational rehabilitation services that assist our members to identify, pursue, and reach their employment goals.

Weekly workshops, individualized counseling and ongoing training are utilized to support our members’ vocational aspirations.  Project Transition’s approach is based on William Anthony’s Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation model of “Choose, Get, Keep.”  This approach emphasizes the importance of helping persons with serious mental illness to self-identify a vocation of their own choosing, and then concretely assists them to develop the skills needed to obtain and maintain a job in that field.

Our Vocational Counselors are specialists who have been intensively trained through Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.  These dedicated practitioners partner with our members to provide support at all levels of employment readiness.  They jointly assess individual skills and preparedness for employment, identifying support mechanisms customized to a person’s psychiatric and vocational goals.  Support may include open-ended career exploration, assistance with job searches, or help to maintain successful employment once it has been obtained.  This highly affirming and comprehensive approach is another way for us to reassert our belief that people can and do recover.

"Project Transition has taught me how to be an adult when others told me I was unfixable. PT will always be in my heart. I've been sober for 5 years and recently moved out of the program. Thank you Project Transition."

Victoria S

"My son has been in many programs and far too many hospitals. Project Transition is different; it is actually helping him to live a better life. The staff and members of PT care for one another... it’s a form of community that is sorely lacking elsewhere."

Wendy P, mother of a PT member

"Our daughter has endured mental illness for years… we have worked with many professionals and programs. Without question, Project Transition’s help and support have been the most effective.”

John P, father of a PT member

" Project Transition has been a life saver to me. I was mentally Ill and felt like I was in a box that I thought I could never get out of. I lost everything and could not function...but now I have confidence in myself. I needed help in all areas of my life but now have a path and a purpose. Life is worth living."

Angie A

"Project Transition means I have a second chance at a new life. PT taught me how to love and believe in myself. It also taught me to forgive people in my past. I thought I would never get better but PT taught me different. They believed in me and made it easier to trust in myself."

Michelle R

"PT I couldn't see how good you've been to me. Over the years, throughout the days, you've always been in my corner I must say. Times were bad and times were good, you helped me to lay down my hood. Now I'm shining not conniving, working it out my system what shucking and jiving. So I'm striving to be the best that I can be, for all to see, Thank you, PT..."


"The family support groups and seminars are focused and helpful. We feel understood."

Diane S, sister of a PT member

"I know what it is like to sell myself and a brand new pair of sneakers for drugs. I know what its like to walk around the streets with only socks on. But I no longer have to live that way. My family no longer has to worry about me. Project Transition means that I have hope and recovery. It means I have a second chance at life."


"PT is helping me on my road to recovery. They offer support to reach my personal goals. Staff help guide me, showing me a new way to live. My life has new meaning today..... I now have goals and projects to work on. I am productive and am becoming a better mother and person."

Jennifer S

Implementation Provider: Project Transition works with States and MCO’s to implement Person-Centered Transformation Plans.

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