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Home & Community Behavioral Health

Designed to allow children and adults to participate in an array of habilitative services and supported employment, improving their overall health

Supports are individualized for both individuals and families to meet changing needs and enable them to remain at home.

Children and Youth

  • Up to Age 21
  • Respite Services
  • Community & Day Habilitation
  • Caregiver/Family Support Services
  • Prevocational Services
  • Self-Advocacy Training & Support
  • Supported Employment (14 & older)


  • Age 21 & older
  • Education Support Services
  • Pre-Vocational Services
  • Intensive Supported Employment
  • Ongoing Supported Employment
  • Family Support & Training

Project SEARCH®

Requires established OPWDD eligibility

Project SEARCH® is an internationally trademarked internship program that focuses on employment for young adults with disabilities.

Our local program is a collaboration between Career Connections and Herkimer College.

The 40-week partnership has an intensive focus on achieving competitive employment and maximum independence for each participant. Each intern participates in daily classroom instruction and gains hands-on work experience by rotating among three unique unpaid internships throughout the academic year. Skills learned by the interns will be marketable in their search for community employment.

Application Process

  1. Individuals apply through an application process
  2. Project SEARCH® Steering Committee reviews applications
  3. Qualified applicants participate in interviews
  4. Individuals are chosen for the program at Herkimer College

Additional Eligibility Criteria

  • 18-34 years old
  • Willingness to learn
  • Excellent attendance
  • Personal goal to become employed in the community at the end of the program

Employment Training Program

Requires established OPWDD eligibility

The Employment Training Program provides opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities to gain real work experience and attend job readiness classes to build success.

The goal of the ETP internship is to assist individuals in obtaining employment in the community and earn at least minimum wage at the completion of the internships.

Computer Lab Technology Program

Requires established OPWDD eligibility

Our Computer Lab Technology Training Program offers individuals the opportunity to develop basic computer skills in a certified setting.

At Career Connections, our premier computer lab serves as a great resource for learning all of the latest technology needed for today’s world of employment.

  • Type Instruction
  • Microsoft Office Training
  • Internet Search & Safety

STEPS (Community Pre-Vocational)

Requires established OPWDD eligibility

STEPS stands for Supportive Training & Education: A Plan for Success, and is integrated at both Herkimer College and Herkimer Industries.

STEPS is designed to provide work experience to individuals that assists with identifying their career goals through exploration, production work, volunteerism, and job readiness curriculum.

  • Career Exploration
  • Job Readiness Training
  • Stress Management
  • Social Skill Building
  • Benefits Management
  • Development of Community Experiences
  • Job Coaching
  • Travel Training
  • Volunteering

Pre-Vocational Program

Requires established OPWDD eligibility

Arc Herkimer offers various opportunities for prevocational training and work through Herkimer Industries at all four of their locations including their main offices in Herkimer, the Arc Herkimer Fulfillment Center in Little Falls, the Arc Herkimer Business Park in Herkimer, and the Arc Herkimer Mall in Ilion.

Some of the jobs that we offer through Herkimer Industries are:

  • Sewing
  • Packaging
  • Assembly
  • Kitting

Pathways to Employment

Requires established OPWDD eligibility

The Pathway to Employment helps an individual identify their interests, skills, and job goals. This year long program allows you to explore the world of work through job shadowing, assessments, and volunteering.

Pre-Employment Transition Youth

Our Pre-Employment Transition Youth program is through ACCES-VR contracted services.

These services are designed to be an early start at job exploration for students, ages 14 to 21 years old with disabilities, necessary for movement from school to post-school activities that will maximize students’ potential to enter competitive employment.

  • Job Exploration Counseling
  • Work Based Learning
  • Work Readiness Training
  • Independent Life Skills
  • Instruction in Self-Advocacy
Linking people to employment.