Programs

Helena Industries provides employment services for people with disabilities. We work hard to find the right job for each individual through evaluation processes to ensure they experience dignity and feel a sense of accomplishment from the work they do.

Consumers can continue working at Helena Industries or move on to a job in the community with help from Montana Career Development Services.

Case Management

Case Management Services has a mission to ensure that all eligible persons with developmental disabilities receive the services that assures them the highest quality of life possible.

Case Management is a resource and referral agency that links individuals with disabilities with support and benefits. It is a coordinated delivery of services provided through the Developmental Disability Program. Case Management services are provided to any Montana resident with developmental disabilities who is at least 16 years old. There are programs to help support people with disabilities at work, home, or any other area of their lives. All recipients of the Developmental Disability Program must have a case manager. Although case managers do not provide direct care services, they can assist with the eligibility and referral process to access those services.

Case Management Eligibility

Eligibility must be established through the Developmental Disability Program and Case Management can help with the process of determining eligibility. There is not cost for Case Management services. Services are funding through state and federal governments.

Transition Services

A case manager can be contacted after a student has turned 16. The student should contact their Individual Education Plan (IEP) coordinator to let them know they’d like to meet with a Developmental Disability case manager. If the student already receives case management though a children’s mental health or Developmental Disability children’s waiver, the case manager assigned to the student will help in the transition from children’s to adult services.

Case Management Regional Office Locations

Anaconda (Deer Lodge, Granite, Powell Counties)

HI Case Management
307 East Park, Suite 302
Anaconda, MT 59711
(406) 563-7158
Email: [email protected]

 

Bozeman (Gallatin, Madison, Park Counties)

HI Case Management
300 N. Wilson, Suite 602F
Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 587-7703
Email: [email protected]

 

Butte (Silver Bow, Beaverhead, Jefferson County)

HI Case Management
305 W. Mercury Street, Suite 307
Butte, MT 59701
(406) 782-9244
Email: [email protected]

 

Great Falls (Cascade County)

HI Case Management
1601 Second Avenue North, Suite 430
Great Falls, MT 59401
(406) 453-4333
Email: [email protected]

Job Readiness Training

Job Readiness Training helps individuals with disabilities improve their work and work-related skills prior to moving into community employment.

These services are provided in one of three of Helena Industries’ in-house work areas which includes:

  •     Benchmark Manufacturing
  •     Mail Center
  •     Wood Products

During Job Readiness Training, the participant focuses on skills to help them become successful employees. In addition to general job skills, they learn good employee traits, such as punctuality, getting along with co-working and supervisors, work stamina, productivity, and more. The training period is usually limited to 3 or less months. Funding comes through the Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Program.

Montana Career Development Services

We help people with disabilities find jobs with community employers. By being aware that every employee needs to be an asset to their employer, we work hard to ensure that each employment arrangement is a good fit for both the worker and the employer.

Our Job Placement Program determines a person’s interests and skills. We help the individual find a potential employer. In some instances, we provide on-the-job assistance as the person with disabilities moves into their new position.

Through the Work Experience Program, an individual temporarily tries out a job. The try-out period is usually less than 30 days. During this time, the individual’s true interest in the job is assessed and whether they need assistance in preparing for the job. Helena Industries pays for wages and Worker’s Compensation during the Work Experience assessment. To participate in this program, the person must be enrolled with the Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Program.

The Supported Employment Program provides continued assistance when needed. An individual may get help from a Job Coach in learning new skills, getting acquainted with co-workers, and meeting their employers expectations.

On-the-Job Training
is provided to individuals who need additional training to learn a job once they are employed. The Vocational Rehabilitation Program reimburses the employer a percentage of the worker’s wages during the training period. The training period can last from 10 days to 12 weeks depending on the worker’s skills, abilities, experience, and job complexity.

The Montana Career Development Services is assisted by the Helena Industries Job Placement Council (JPAC).

JPAC is comprised of community business partners and others who are interested in helping people with disabilities (consumers) find employment. The council regularly meets to share information concerning vocational needs for consumers. Members share ideas for locating job leads, learn about incentive programs, and conduct informational interviews.

If you are interested in becoming a member or know someone who is interested in becoming a member of JPAC, please contact Ona at 406-442-8632.

Work Services and Extended Employment

Work Services and Extended Employment is designed to help people with disabilities learn the routines of work and the skills necessary to succeed in a job. Employment and training are provided through one of our manufacturing/service areas or through Helena Industries community-based janitorial crews. The training includes learning specific job skills and skills to be a good employee.

Montana’s Development Disabilities Program provides Work Services funding for people with developmental disabilities. Vocational Rehabilitation provides people with certain other disabilities funding for Extended Employment.