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Lapeer County Community Mental Health

1570 Suncrest Dr., Lapeer • 810-667-0500 • www.lapeercmh.org


Thanks to help from Lapeer County Community Mental Health Steve now works at the M-21 Auto and Truck Salvage yard where he enjoys working with cars, a dream job for him. Thanks to help from Lapeer County Community Mental Health Steve now works at the M-21 Auto and Truck Salvage yard where he enjoys working with cars, a dream job for him. LAPEER — A paying job makes a big difference in recovery for anyone with a disability. Kevin Mountz, B.A., the Employment Specialist at Lapeer County Community Mental Health, helps persons with mental health and intellectual disabilities find employment. He states, “The key is that it is competitive, pays at least minimum wage or higher, and provides full integration in the community. Our goal is to meet the needs of the individual and the employer to ensure success.”

Kevin describes some of the barriers that might exist for persons with mental health disabilities: a lack of reliable transportation, gaps in employment history, a lack of job experience or skills, day care needs, or a criminal background. He provides the support needed to overcome these barriers, even driving individuals to the job if needed. He preps them for interviews, seeks out potential employers, and places people in jobs. Kevin has assisted in filling 38 positions in our community in the past year, including at: an auto salvage business, an office cleaning/janitorial service, a day care, school, fast food restaurants, and factories.

“Tracy is working with Lapeer Janitorial, cleaning offices, including the Lapeer 911 dispatch office, where they love her work.” She is our “shining star” brags Kevin, “because in a year and a half of working for Lapeer Janitorial, Tracy has never missed work, all the while experiencing great personal growth. She takes a bus or finds other transportation and now balances two jobs, cleaning at a local motel too.” Tracy gives a lot of credit to the CMH team, calling them “my support team; Mary Wells is my case manager, she and CMH never give up on you.” Tracy describes what she likes about her job; “I like to keep moving and not sit at a desk. And the 911 dispatch office team is fabulous!” Another employee, Steve, works at the M-21 Auto and Truck Salvage yard where he enjoys working with cars, a dream job for him. He breaks down tires for inventory about 10 to 20 hours a week. Steve says he likes working to stay busy and in shape, “lifting tires keeps me strong.” Kevin intervened with the employer to maintain Steve’s job when he had a relapse in his health compounded by car troubles recently.

One employer, Jenn Klaffer at Lapeer Janitorial states, “It has been great working with Kevin Mountz at CMH. I can go to him about what I am looking for and he brings me applicants who are a great fit for the positions I need to fill. I have two employees working with us right now and the other team members working with them are so happy to have them a part of their team and are always telling me what hard workers they both are. “

If any employer would like to be a part of this recovery and to benefit from this assistance to identify and retain qualified employees, please call Kevin Mountz at 810- 667-0500 or email him at kmountz@lapeercmh.org.

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