Direct Placement Employment

The purpose of the Direct Placement program is to assist persons who are otherwise unable to qualify for Regional Center Services by providing appropriate work opportunities designed around the individuals’ abilities and potential. This program will provide opportunities for adults 18 years or older, who do not qualify for Regional Center services. These include, but are not limited to, those with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, and mental illness.
Once a client is authorized to seek community-based employment, RIO begins Case Management services to include job development, assistance with the application and interview process, advocacy, and mobility training once the client has been hired. Job coaching services are available based on client needs.
  • Work schedules vary according to the employer’s needs
  • Work during the day and/or evening hours
  • Work on weekends and/or holidays may be required in some positions
  • Work up to 40 hours per week
  • Full-time and part-time positions
The Direct Placement program is funded by the Department of Rehabilitation. Private individuals may pay a fee for services.
  • Must have potential for competitive or supported employment
  • Must desire rehabilitative services with a goal of employment
  • Have medical authorization, if necessary, to indicate that the individual is medically stable and able to participate in a vocational rehabilitation program
  • Must be able to accommodate his/her own basic self-help needs including: feeding, wheelchair transfer, bowel/bladder control, and mobility
  • Must have transportation to and from the job site arranged by the client in conjunction with his/her family and referring counselor
  • Have a primary case manage from Department of Rehabilitation, or private rehabilitation counselor. A non-sponsored client may be accepted dependent upon need and space.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Direct placement services will be provided to those who do not qualify for Regional Center services. These include, but are not limited, to those with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, or mental illness
  • Must desire rehabilitative services resulting in a community placement
  • Must actively participate in the job preparation, development, and rehabilitation program
  • Must exhibit appropriate work behaviors. No inappropriate behavioral challenges will be tolerated in this program
  • Must comply with RIO’s policies and procedures
For more information, or to refer an individual, please contact RIO at (714) 633-7400 and ask for the Vocational Services