Quality Lives for People with Developmental Disabilities

Supported Employment (SEMP)

What is Supported Employment (SEMP)? 
Supported Employment is a program for individuals who need minimal coaching to maintain a competitive, paid job in the community. There are two routes to becoming part of a SEMP program: through ACCES-VR or an Employment Training Program (ETP). In most cases, individuals transition to SEMP after receiving services from the New York State Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR). This program is funded by the New York State Education Department and helps provide support to obtain and keep employment. 


What is the Employment Training Program (ETP)?
In the Employment Training Program, individuals meet with a job coach to discuss their interests and the type of work desired. A matching, paid internship is found where the individual can begin working, leading to a potential permanent position. During the internship, individuals are considered temporary state employees, are paid minimum wage, and are covered under Workers Compensation and General Liability Insurance through NY State. When the internship ends, individuals are paid by the company.


Throughout the program, job coaches support individuals with maintaining their employment and offer training on topics such as job readiness, conflict resolution, and skill development. Individuals can also work with job coaches to explore other areas of interest to further or expand their careers. An individual can transition to SEMP after completing an Employment Training Program. 

Who Can Benefit from SEMP?

  • Individuals, aged 18+, who are interested in exploring job opportunities
  • Must be eligible under the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)
  • Students who have engaged in vocational training in high school
  • Individuals who have some work experience

Contact Us
Jeffrey Greenberg, M.S., Director of Community Habilitation and Vocational Services
914-471-4100 ext. 6047