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Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Vocational Rehabilitation Program

Agency:

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation (MPTN) Vocational Rehabilitation Program

General Contact Info:

Vocational Rehabilitation Program
Tribal Health Services
P.O. Box 3310
Mashantucket, CT 06338-3310
Office: (860) 396-2281
Toll-Free: (860) 399-1122
Fax: (860) 396-2282

General Purpose of Agency:

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation (MPTN) Vocational Rehabilitation Program provides services that help qualified American Indians with disabilities get and keep good jobs. The services are free and confidential and serve as an integral part of American Indian communities in Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Eligibility:

  • Documented impairment/disability that impedes attainment/ maintenance of employment;
  • Documented enrollment in a Federal or State recognized American Indian Tribe.
  • Residency requirements limited to State of Connecticut and State of Rhode Island.
  • Consumer applicants must be 16 years of age or older to enroll in the MPTN-VR program.

For purposes of non-discrimination laws (e.g. the Americans with Disabilities Act [Sect. 503 of the Rehab Act of 1973 and Sect. 108 of the Workforce Investment Act]), a person with a disability is generally defined as someone who:

  • has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more "major life activities";
  • has a record of such an impairment, or
  • is regarded as having such an impairment.

MPTN-VR also defines cognitive delays and learning disabilities as acceptable diagnoses to qualify for services if they result in a functional limitation and impediment to employment.

Specific Activities of Interest to Persons Living With AIDS:

VR Counselors and/or technicians routinely meet with consumers within the consumer's community; in fact, wherever the consumer feels most comfortable, the VR Counselors and technicians will meet there with him/her.

Services include: Counseling and guidance; vocational testing; exploration and planning; situational assessments; referral and linkage; case management and advocacy; job placement and development; rapid job search and any services designed around "Informed Consent".

MPTN-VR can provide guidance, advocacy and planning related to setting up an "In Home" business plan.

If you require training or education to reach your job goal, VR may assist you with tuition, books, supplies and related costs. The extent of VR's financial assistance depends on a number of factors, such as income level and other sources of finance aid. However, a VR Counselor will discuss this with you.

What you can expect:

By calling the VR office to meet with one of the VR Counselors, you will learn about the VR Program and, if you choose, complete an application. In the interview you may be asked to provide income information and medical records; sign a release form so VR can obtain this information and allow for a medical, psychological, vocational and/or other evaluations to be arranged by VR.

Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation services are offered on a personalized and individualized basis where consumers work one-on-one with a VR Counselor and/or a Rehabilitation Technician.

MPTN-VR also incorporates traditional services into a rehabilitation plan that, again, is tailored for the consumer. This includes: sweat lodge ceremonies; smudging; prayer; talking circles; social events, and traditional lifestyle information.

How to effectively access this agency:

The consumer and VR Counselor work as part of a team that custom tailors a rehabilitation plan that offers the most benefits to the consumer. It is based on informed consent, which acknowledges that the consumer orchestrates his or her own Individual Plan for Employment (IPE), and the VR Counselor utilizes their expertise to make the plan effectively happen.

Additional employment resource:

Rhode Island Indian Council, Inc.

The Rhode Island Indian Council, Inc. is a private, non-profit agency that promotes the social, economic, and cultural well-being of all tribal communities in Rhode Island.

Established in Providence in 1975, the agency is governed and staffed primarily by Native Americans. Our constituents include over 5,600 Indians in Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey and Delaware; each representing more than fifty tribes. WIA-funded employment services provided include job training and job placement.

Connecticut Office - North Stonington, CT:

The Connecticut Indian Council
P.O. Box 221
391 Norwich-Westerly Road
North Stonington, CT  06359
860-535-1277 (telephone)
860-535-1279 (fax)