Schapiro Training & Employment Program (STEP)

STEP-logoSince 1986, the Schapiro Training & Employment Program (STEP) has been a pioneer in the formation of the supported employment movement for people with psychiatric disabilities who are also economically disadvantaged, placing them in competitive employment. At STEP, experienced Rehabilitation and Employment Specialists assist clients in learning the tasks necessary for successful job performance. Upon employer and employee satisfaction, the support is gradually withdrawn and the client is absorbed into the regular world of work.

STEP is also noted for training participants to work as para-professionals in human services. The Human Services Program is a collaboration with the Community College of Baltimore County.

STEP services include:

  • Human Services Training (HST): This 14-week classroom based program trains individuals with psychiatric /substance abuse diagnosis to work in the community in the human services field as peer counselors. HST provides a comprehensive curriculum that builds skills in counseling, advocacy, documentation, human relations and case management. Upon completion of the course, individuals will receive a certificate from the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). Graduates are placed in a variety of entry-level human service settings in positions such as case manager associate, residential counselor, peer counselor, rehabilitation aide, job coach, community living assistant and mental health worker. Upon completion of class, students are connected to STEP’s Supported Employment Program to obtain employment.
  • Supported Employment: This program helps individuals with serious and persistent psychiatric disabilities secure and maintain employment in a competitive labor force. Skills addressed include employment application assistance, partnerships matching employee skills with employer needs, community job development, community networking, interviewing skills, resume writing, on-the-job coaching and support to maintain employment and long-term follow-up services to ensure work adjustment and job satisfaction.
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation: An individualized, person-directed program that assists individuals with mental illness to develop, enhance and maintain psychiatric stability, social skills, independent living skills and access resources in order to live successful independent lives. Specific skills addressed include: money management, nutrition, anger management, communication skills, educational exploration (assistance in applying for training programs/school), housing assistance and physical health.


   STEP Locations
 Baltimore City Carroll County Harford County
         2211 Maryland Avenue        
Baltimore, MD 21218
 257 East Main Street     
Westminster, MD 21157
       711 A Bel Air Road      
Bel Air, MD 21014
 410-625-1877 x101 410-848-77793