Hamilton Center, Inc., is the recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation in support of Project SEARCH, an innovative experiential learning program devoted to providing real life, professional work experience for students with disabilities.
Hamilton Center CEO Mel Burks commended the Duke Energy Foundation for its support of Project SEARCH and for recognizing the importance of the program, which helps high school students and young adults with disabilities become productive members of the community.
Approximately 70 percent of those completing the program have been successfully employed in the community.
Project SEARCH receives support through the State of Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Medicaid Waiver and Title XX. The Wabash Valley Community Foundation has also provided a $6,000 grant to help with the cost of the program.
Funds requested are for costs associated with curriculum and supplies needed to provide Project SEARCH.
Now in its fourth year of operation, Project SEARCH provides work internships for high school students with disabilities at Union Hospital.
Hamilton Center, Inc. is a regional behavioral health system in Central and West Central Indiana.
The corporate offices are located in Terre Haute.
Hamilton Center's offices are designed to be convenient, private and confidential, reducing the barriers sometimes associated with seeking psychological health treatment.
Hamilton Center employs over 500 staff statewide, including psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, therapists, counselors and case managers.
Services are provided to children, adolescents and adults, with specialized programs for pregnant women, infants and people with drug and alcohol problems.
Counseling services are provided for people who may be struggling with stress, life changes or relationship issues, as well as more serious problems such as depression, anxiety disorders or serious mental illnesses.
For more information, contact Nichelle Washington, Project SEARCH program director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 812-231-3764.