Supported Employment

Recovery is Work. Work is Recovery!

Work has proven to be an essential part of recovery. Since 1987, the AltaPointe Supported Employment program has been helping individuals enter or re-engage with the workforce through competitive employment. We have also been cultivating employers that want to be a part of the program and share in the success. For our Supported Employment team, assisting individuals seeking work is only one part of the process. The team also works closely with local businesses. The support structure is designed to counsel the employee and assist employers with any questions or concerns for the duration of the employment.

“We believe work is an integral part of recovery, and a means for many of our patients to maintain wellness. Through our supported employment services, we have been able to help countless individuals achieve competitive employment, therefore, improving their quality of life,” Tuerk Schlesinger, AltaPointe Health CEO.


Supported Employment benefits both the employee and employer.

Employees receive extra help, such as:

  • Improved financial situation
  • Stronger and broader skill sets
  • New business and personal relationships
  • Opportunity to make positive contributions to their community

Employers receive:

  • Recruitment of the right staff for your business – free of charge
  • Information about cost-saving incentives for your business both pre- and post-hire, including the Work Opportunity Tax Credit and the Returning Heroes Tax Credit
  • Job support based on each worker’s preference and needs 

To learn more, contact our Supported Employment at (251) 450-4301.


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Let us help you find the right employee

We can do so much more than a “help wanted” ad. After learning about your business needs, AltaPointe’s dedicated Supported Employment team will help you find the right candidate, saving you time, and we’ll continue our support after hire, for as long as you would like.

It’s not just about finding an employee. It’s about finding the right employee.


The AltaPointe Supported Employment program assists individuals with mental illness find community-integrated competitive  employment with companies throughout our region. Cultivating opportunities with local employers is a key element in the supported employment process. The team works tirelessly with employers to help them understand the benefits of working with our Supported Employment program and encouraging their participation

Jackson Janitorial Services was recognized with the “2016 Employer of the Year” award for their continued support of our program and working with our clients. Jackson is just one of many local businesses utilizing our services.

If you are an employer seeking the best employee match for your business, please contact AltaPointe’s Supported Employment program for assistance.

For more information, contact our Supported Employment team at (251) 450-4301.






Let us help you with your job search


At AltaPointe, we strive to develop different competitive employment opportunities; all while providing the support you need to grow your skills and confidence, make new friends, earn some money and thrive in your job!

Our trained employment specialists will guide you through every step of the employment process helping to eliminate any undue stress. We understand the many challenges you may face from questions  about benefits, pressure from family members, even the lack of transportation.

The Supported Employment team works closely with individuals to:

  • Understand their strengths and weaknesses
  • Help them establish realistic, personal goals
  • Help them address each of their concerns

Working in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, AltaPointe provides job education and competitive job placement  services for people living with mental illness who desire to work.

I hadn’t worked in a long time, so I was scared about starting a new job. Now that I am working, I feel like I can achieve my other goals.

From our initial meeting, we aim to build a trusting partnership with you. We take time to find out what you are good at and what you like to do. You may need help with your resume’, interview coaching or your needs might be greater; depending on your circumstances, we offer as little or as much assistance as you need or want. We want you to enjoy the benefits of working as soon as possible.

Whether you are a person living with mental illness who is searching for a competitive job, or an AltaPointe staff member working with someone who has expressed an interest in employment, please contact AltaPointe’s Supported Employment program for more information at (251) 450-4301.

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