Ask Me Anything about Employment with Dennis Rice and Bill Gravel

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"Ask Me Anything" Employment Series!

National Resource Center on Employment

You’re invited to ask an expert about another interesting topic related to employment!

On Wednesday, August 7, 2019, from 2:00-3:00 pm EDT, Dennis Rice and Bill Gravel, via webinar, will answer any questions you have related to "Community Engagement as a Pathway to Employment."

This free, online event is not a presentation, but rather an interactive question & answer webinar.

Regardless of whether you are a person living with a mental health condition, a family member, an administrator of a service, a provider, a researcher—you can use the time to ask anything related to "Community Engagement as a Pathway to Employment" to our guest experts.

For example, you could ask about:

  • Why is it so difficult to help the people we serve to become active and contributing members of the community?

  • How can participation in community life lead to successful employment?

  • How do you increase the reciprocity of community members to provide real opportunities?

Dennis Rice, M.Ed, cofounded Alternatives Unlimited, Inc. in 1976, a non-profit rehabilitation agency located in central Massachusetts and has served as its Executive Director since 1979. He led the steady growth of Alternatives from its original three programs to a comprehensive agency of more than 60 programs, with a budget of $50 million. His expertise includes extensive work in the development and implementation of successful residential and employment services for adults with psychiatric or developmental disabilities. Other areas of expertise include results oriented management, program development, program evaluation, quality improvement, and community engagement and membership for the individuals served. Mr. Rice recently stepped down in his leadership position and is Senior Advisor and Executive Director Emeritus to the newly affiliated organizations of Alternatives and The Bridge of Central Mass (dba Open Sky Community Service).

Bill Gravel, Director of Employment and Community Membership. Over the past 40 years, Mr. Gravel has played a leading role in providing employment services for individuals with psychiatric and developmental disabilities at Alternatives Unlimited, Inc. His experiences over that time have included; overseeing the transformation of sheltered work programs to supported employment programs in the community, directing a Services for Education and Employment (SEE) program, facilitating employment services within the Community Based Flexible Support (CBFS) Model, and developing employment resources within a Clubhouse environment. In each of these roles, Mr. Gravel has recognized the importance of building mutually beneficial relationships between Individuals Served, Providers and Members of the Community.


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This event is supported by funding from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, and from the Center for Mental Health Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, United States Department of Health and Human Services (NIDILRR grant 90RT5029-01-00). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this project do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

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