Poverty- Breaking the Trend, Living the Dream


"Employment among people with mental illness is very low despite research that strongly supports the critical impact that work plays in promoting recovery. The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) is committed to helping individuals find and keep jobs that help them become independent and productive. Toward this goal, OhioMHAS supports technical assistance, consultation and training to provider organizations and consumer-operated peer centers.

The Main Place, a Consumer Operated Services (COS) organization, developed a non-proprietary curriculum and training materials that can be used by COS organizations statewide to address issues related the impact of poverty on the recovery of adults experiencing serious and persistent mental illness, as well as encourage consumers in obtaining employment. The working title for the Tool Kit is "Livin' the Dream". The Main Place trained staff and consumer volunteers as facilitators to implement the curriculum in Licking and Knox Counties. Consumers throughout the state can now have access to the workbooks for programming and services in their own communities."

State Policies & Initiatives: 
Training/Capacity Building
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
  • Mental Health
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Main Place