Health Connect America Partners with Premiere Collectibles to Provide Jobs to People with Special Needs

Health Connect America (HCA), a leader in the delivery of mental and behavioral health services, has partnered with Premiere Collectibles, a 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.

The state of Tennessee has more than 85 percent unemployment for adults with special needs. 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.

“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.”

“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.

About Health Connect America

Health Connect America (HCA) 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. The organization is honored to be a part of the communities served walking with clients as they embark on a journey to self-improvement and more fulfilling lives. Health Connect America provides services where clients need them – within the community, the home, or in one of the organization’s many locations. Through a vast network of direct care professionals, HCA is readily available to meet the needs of both clients and their families. The services delivered include one-on-one or family counseling, case management, autism services, or medication management for children, adults, and families. These services promote positive personal growth, develop healthy coping skills, preserve and repair relationships and natural support systems. For more information see

About Premiere Collectibles

Founded in 1998, Premiere Collectibles began selling books at speaking engagements for author book signings. After many events, it became obvious that there was significant demand for an online retailer that offered autographed books to customers worldwide. That was the birth of Premiere Collectibles ( Now a division of Premiere Book Group (, Premiere Collectibles, based in Franklin, TN, is America’s Largest Autographed Bookstore.

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