Safety Net Services

Supported Employment

Supported Employment Specialists assist individuals with mental or substance use disorders find competitive employment opportunities in the Northern Kentucky area. This program involves a unique collaboration between MHANKYSWOH and the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rebabilitation (KY OVR). The program is designed to return people with mental health and/or substance abuse problems to the workforce or place them for the first time in competitive employment. 

What makes supported employment unique?

  • Our focus is on you!
  • We work to get you back into the workforce or into the workplace for the first time in competitive employment.
  • Services are free.
  • Peer-to-peer services are available.

Supported Employment Peer Support

At Mental Health America we believe in a holistic approach that can positively impact all parts of your life. We have Kentucky Certified Peer Support Specialists who use their experience, strength and hope to engage and work with you on anything that can affect your quality of life in regards to employment. 

  • Peer to Peer services engage with participants at their level
  • Kentucky Certified Peer Support Specialists have a Career Coaching Group for anyone to better their work skills for free at the P.I.E.R. Recovery Community Center located at 1002 Monmouth St in Newport, KY
  • Our Kentucky Certified Peer Support Specialists will be continuously working with you with different aspects of recovery that can affect your employment such as:
    • Identifying natural supports
    • Benefits

About Supported Employment Process Steps.pdf
About IPS and CSE Supported Employment Process Steps.pdf

Payee Services

MHANKYSWOH is accepting new clients into the payee program. This program helps individuals in their recovery by budgeting income to meet expenses. The program ensures rent is paid along with utilities, doctor’s visits, medication costs and other expenses that are required. The staff at MHA will work with individuals or families to provide wrap around services linking the participants to community resources and educational activities to promote mental wellness. Please contact MHA to schedule an initial interview and set the wheels of financial recovery into motion. Send a referral! Contact:

Compeer Program

This program helps people with mental illness live happier, healthier, more productive lives through the power of friendship. Compeer is about making a difference by helping people get services that can support them, build them up and help them through the trials of life. It does this by helping them form a support system, an important aspect of their recovery process. Through group activities and one- to-one friendships with caring  volunteers, people become less isolated, more connected to their community & become healthier individuals.

Do you have a few hours a month to do fun, social activities with someone who could benefit from your friendship? Are you looking for a flexible volunteer opportunity that can work around your schedule? Do you have a caring heart and a desire to help others? If so, then this is the opportunity for you! No experience is necessary.

MHA and Compeer are making a difference in the communities served and in the lives of those recovering from mental illness, to learn how you can be involved, click here. Contact:

Support Groups

Mental Health America manages the Support Group Clearinghouse for the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region. To find a group located close to you and specific to your needs visit our Resource Directory. To update your Agency listing, please fill out the Update Form. For information on how to start a support group contact Mindy Sponseller.

Pro Bono Counseling

This program provides a unique and needed service linking uninsured/under-insured individuals and families with volunteer mental health professionals for free counseling services. Specifically, it is to provide stability and support to people in need due to life circumstances such as job loss, divorce, the death of a loved one or similar experiences that can be resolved with short-term counseling (approximately 6-12 sessions or less). To find out if you qualify for free counseling or if you are a professional therapist or counselor that wants volunteer your services, click here.

Contact ProBono Counseling Coordinator Mindy Sponseller