Disability resource coordinator (drc):

Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council has a DCR on staff. The DRC can assist individuals with disabilities in the following areas:

  • Provide additional information about, or how to obtain accommodations and assistive technology for customers who participate in training or job search.
  • Assistance in talking with customers about when and how it is advantageous to disclose information about their disability.
  • Refer customers to agencies and professionals who provide information, services and programs to meet specific needs of people with disabilities.
  • Coordinate and facilitate ‘initial’ Integrated Resource Team (IRT) meetings. This is a meeting to plan and execute the customer’s goals. The client directs the meeting with 3 or more invited persons present who can support the client’s goals with resources. The DRC can also assist in coaching the customer on how to lead their IRT.
  • Provide assistance with helping customers access Career Connections and/or Career Pathway Training.

Disability Employment Initiative

Minnesota’s Youth Focused Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is working to increase the number of youth with disabilities served through Minnesota’s youth CareerForce system. The DEI Youth Program serves youth with disabilities ages 14-24. DEI Youth incorporates work experience, career pathway training, and participant-driven Individual Resource Team meetings to increase coordination among service providers, family members, and other partners in each participant’s support network.

Pre-Employment Transition

Limited Use Vendor

PIC is a Limited Use Vendor for Minnesota Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS). Pre-ETS is designed to help secondary students with disabilities prepare for life after graduation. Pre-ETS provides an opportunity for youth to explore career and training options, gain work skills, and learn how to be successful after high school. Specific offerings include job, career, and postsecondary exploration assistance; work-readiness training; and instruction on the topic of self-advocacy.

Employment Network

Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council (PIC) is a member of the American Dream Employment Network. If you are between the ages of 18-64 and receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) you can assign your ticket to an Employment Network and receive free ongoing employment support.

The Ticket-to-Work Program was created to give Social Security disability beneficiaries an avenue to achieve economic self-support through work. Certified Work Incentives Practitioners can provide career guidance, and detailed analysis and explanation of how employment will affect social security benefits in order to ensure a successful transition to employment.


SOAR Works

SOAR Works was developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). SOAR trained case managers can assist individuals who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness or who are returning to the community from institutions (jails, prisons, or hospitals) apply for Social Security Disability Benefits.

Nationally about 28 percent of individuals who apply for benefits are approved on initial application, compared to 64 percent approval rate for individuals who submit SOAR applications. Accessing these benefits is often a critical first step to recovery. PIC has two SOAR trained case managers. For more information.