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Franklin company partners with Health Connect America to provide jobs for adults with disabilities

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Health Connect America provides mental and behavioral health services to children, families, and adults across 56 locations across five states impacting the lives of nearly 10,000 people daily.

Health Connect America (HCA), a leader in the delivery of mental and behavioral health services, has partnered with Premiere Collectibles, a Franklin-based division of Premiere Book Group, and an online retailer of bestselling autographed books available to the world, to provide jobs to those with special needs.

“I am pleased to support HCA and our combined objective of addressing the need to find meaningful work for young adults with developmental disabilities,” said Duane Ward, CEO of Premiere Collectibles. “Our partnership validates the positive impact these talented workers have on our culture and work environment.”

According to National Core Indicators data from 2019, 18% of adults with disabilities in Tennessee have paid jobs, just below a weighted national average of 19%. Additionally, 33% of adults with disabilities in Tennessee do not have paid jobs but would like to work.

HCA is working to tackle this problem by connecting its clients with developmental disabilities to job opportunities through partnerships with employers. Employers such as Premiere Collectibles hire these individuals and HCA provides training and hands-on coaching to ensure that they are proficient in the daily job functions with the goal to become long-term employees.

“The impact of this program will be multiplied as new employers participate,” said Kristi Shain, CEO of HCA. “We are grateful for companies like Premiere Collectibles who have a heart for the community and an interest in supporting a group with significant unemployment and yet have valuable skillsets.”

Businesses who hire adults with disabilities benefit from tax incentives, in addition to the benefits from employing a workforce that is reliable and well-supported.

For more information about HCA and Premiere Collectibles, visit and

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