Vocational Services-Workshop

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The Industrial Therapy program works with various public agencies in the community providing patients with the opportunity to participate in employment. The program is certified by and operates in compliance with the Department of Labor.

The Big Spring State Hospital Recycling Program serves not only as a rehabilitative vocational program but also is a positive community service. More than 20 businesses make recyclable items available for pick-up by the Big Spring State Hospital Recycling program. Patient workers collect paper from campus offices, and sort materials at the campus Recycling Center.

A Surplus Sale allows the public to bid on surplus items that the hospital does not need. In addition to Big Spring State Hospital surplus items, consignments from individuals and other entities are also accepted for resale. This concept has enabled the department to provide additional work in a "real world" setting and also serves as a more efficient means for the hospital to dispose of surplus property. Donations also are accepted for sale.

Patients enrolled in theSheltered Workshop program package eating utensils for the hospital's cafeteria, and receive wages for their work. Performance of these taskshelps improve eye-hand coordination and allow patients to participate in a work-like setting.

On the job training for patients involves working as an assistant in the Animal Assisted Therapy program, helping in the Fashion Salon, cutting towels for use as cleaning rags, sanding lap boards, and sanding and painting small wooden projects. One of the more popular programs for patients is working in the horticulture program, which involves mowing, edging, watering, pruning, planting and the nurturing of small plants, and tending to vegetable gardens.

If you are interested in discussing possible vocational opportunities, please contact:

Josh Preston, Director of Activity Therapies
(432) 268-7275


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Last updated January 01, 2011