Supported employment is a program that helps people with mental illness find and keep jobs, while at the same time providing employers with access to motivated employees. From Europe to Australia and across many states in the U.S., mental health centers and local businesses are partnering to provide real, meaningful jobs to people with mental illness. Colorado is proud to be expanding this career service throughout the state.
The Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of supported employment is one of many types of vocational programs for people with mental illness, and research shows it is very successful. Established by the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, IPS is based on eight key principles:
One of the most distinctive characteristics of IPS is that it is an evidence-based practice, with outcomes and effectiveness monitored on an ongoing basis. Click here to view the most recent data.
Click here for more detailed information on the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center and IPS supported employment tools.
Several of Colorado’s mental health centers are practicing IPS supported employment and experiencing great success. For more information on the centers currently involved, click below for the specific area:
Another key feature of the supported employment program is collaboration with the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). Fortunately, the Office of Behavioral Health and Community Mental Health Centers have great relationships with DVR, and supported employment is a key factor in recovery efforts. Click here for more information.
Click here to download Colorado’s Supported Employment Program brochure.