Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Introduction

Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is a supported employment model (developed by Robert Drake and Deborah Becker from Dartmouth College) that gives people with mental illness the help needed to work successfully at competitive jobs.  Competitive jobs are positions that are available to anyone which pay at least minimum wage.  IPS has been extensively researched and is a federally recognized Evidence Based Practices (EBPs) for Persons with Mental Illness.

Why is IPS Needed?
Research has shown that with the right type and amount of support, people with mental illness can work successfully.  However, for many, the support needed has not been available so employment rates for people with mental illness are low.  Nearly 70% of people with a serious and persistent mental illness want to work.  But nationally, only 10-20% of people with serious and persistent mental illness have paid, competitive jobs.

In this training we will introduce the main components of the IPS model which are:

  1. Integrates employment services and mental health treatment.
  2. Every individual who wants employment is eligible.
  3. Focuses on individual interests and preferences.
  4. Job search begins right away.
  5. Competitive employment is the goal (with or without supports).
  6. Benefits information is included.
  7. Continuous assessment and support is provided.

 

Filed under: Employment, Individual Placement and Support or I P S, Supported Employment, Mental Health

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