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Vocational Services


Individuals recovering from a mental illness or substance abuse problem, often have a goal of finding meaningful work. Lake Shore Vocational Services provides assistance for those who are interested in obtaining and maintaining employment in the community.

Services provided include:

  • Assessment to help identify skills, abilities, interests and limitations
  • Career counseling and guidance
  • Job placement and job retention
  • Job coaching (on-the-job training)
  • Vocational case management
  • Supported Employment

How does this program work?

Individuals interested in vocational services, develop an employment goal and may be linked to NYS Education Department’s Adult Career and Continuing Education Services - Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) for vocational planning.

What are the eligibility requirements?

A) The individual has a diagnosed mental impairment
B) The impairment is an impediment to employment
C) The individual can benefit fromassistance to achieve employment

What’s next?

Lake Shore vocational staff will arrange a linkage with ACCES-VR services. A state vocational counselor will develop an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). This plan outlines the work goal, the steps to achieve it and necessary services provided by Lake Shore to reach that goal.

When will ACCES-VR services end?

ACCES-VR services will end when the individual enters and successfully maintains competitive employment for 90 days. However, if services are still needed, Lake Shore Vocational Services will continue to follow that individual if caseload amount will accommodate. 

For more information about vocational services contact:

Michael Pieniazek (716) 852-1117 ext. 145

Vocational Services Locations:

Abbott Corners
3176 Abbott Rd., Suite 500
Orchard Park, NY 14127

Franklin Recovery
254 Franklin St. (2nd floor)
Buffalo, NY 14202   

North Collins Counseling
2107 Spruce St., PO Box 4580
North Collins, NY 14111 

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Each year ACCES-VR assists approximately 12,000 individuals in obtaining employment. 

These jobs range from entry-level positions in retail, food service and industrial to professional positions requiring Associates, Bachelors or advanced degrees.

An individual who applies for services should be motivated to gain employment and prepared to participate in efforts that will lead to employment.

If an individual with a disability is concerned about losing disabilityrelated benefits obtaining employment, they should obtain information from the
following resources:

Social Security Administration 

New York Makes Work Pay 
or call 1-888-234-3272

NY Statewide Work Incentives Technical Assistance Center