UMMS disability program honored for helping individuals with mental illness re-enter workforce

By Jennifer Rosinski

UMass Medical School Communications

April 10, 2014

UMass Medical School’s Disability Evaluation Services was honored for its role in helping people with mental illness re-enter the workforce at the Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition’s 15th Annual Employer Awards Celebration at the State House on April 9.

The Genesis Club, one of more than 30 recovery centers within the coalition, selected the disability program for the award. The coalition isa non-profit that helps individuals with long-term mental illness gain employment, housing, education and support.

Sen. Harriett L. Chandler, D-Worcester, presented the award to staff of the disability program, including Gus Adams, PhD, senior director; Becky Riley, operations manager; Michelle Cenedella, administrative manager; and Stephen Mayo, disability assistant, who is a graduate of the Genesis program.

Disability Evaluation Services partners with the Genesis Club to assist its members with transitional employment. Some of those members hold part and full-time positions within the UMMS disability program.

A program within the UMMS Commonwealth Medicine division, Disability Evaluation Services provides disability determination and other disability-related services to Medicaid and public welfare agencies in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.