Center Based Employment

This employment program is designed to provide assessment, income producing employment, job training, and support services to individuals with disabilities. It also serves the purpose of providing a structured employment environment which allows individuals to learn manufacturing skills and appropriate work behaviors. From this program, clients can transition to community employment. 


Center based employment is one area where clients can develop work skills and focus on their desired employment goals. Program hours are provided Monday through Friday during our normal business hours with services available on nights and weekends as needed on a case to case basis. The frequency of services is determined by the client, their support team, and the need of job tasks that are available.  Services are paid by federal, state or county dollars. There may be clients that are self pay in this program. Referrals are made by Winona County or other counties in Minnesota, residential homes, schools, the local hospital, mental health facilities, family members, or by the client themselves.

Entry Criteria

The center based employment program serves clients 18 years of age or older. Disabilities range from developmental disorders, mental illness, physical disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, learning disabilities, and chemical dependency. All clients need to have three areas of functional limitations. These are set by the state of Minnesota and documentation of disability is needed in order to be eligible for this program.

Transition Criteria

Clients are open to transition to another program within Winona ORC.  Clients must meet eligibility requirements within that program in order to be considered for entry.  Winona ORC staff will assist in making an inter-office referral.

Exit Criteria

The client can choose to discontinue services at any time.  A written discharge summary will be completed and mailed to the client, their support team, the referral source if applicable, and one will be placed in the case file. 

Service Modification

Winona ORC is committed to providing services to the clients enrolled in the program. In the case that the program is down sizing or funding sources change, the client would be placed on a waiting list. The waiting list would operate by order of acceptance.  The Director of Client Services will contact the clients when openings became available.

For more information, contact our Director of Client Services, Anne Mueller at 507-452-1855, ext. 119