Supported Employment

We provide supported employment opportunities in Colorado for individuals with the most significant disabilities through partnership with employers, the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council (CDDC), Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD), Office of Behavioral Health (OBH), Mental Health Service Organizations, and the Behavioral Health Planning and Advisory Council (BHPAC).

Mental Health Supported Employment Program

The Mental Health Supported Employment Program enhances employment opportunities for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness or persons in recovery. This program has resulted in increased competitive integrated employment opportunities through assistance with job development, job-seeking skills, job coaching, and extended services.

To get started, contact a local Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Office. Find An Office

Individual Placement & Support

The Individual Placement & Support (IPS) is an evidence-based service delivery model that originated through Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center. The IPS Learning Collaborative serves as a mechanism for training and support for those states and countries implementing this approach to job development and placement for people with serious mental illness. Learn more about this model at>

Colorado Mental Health Centers that are members of the IPS Learning Community:

Supported Employment for Individual with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

In an effort to assure the availability of quality vocational rehabilitation services throughout the state, we have partnered with Community Centered Boards (CCB) serving persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our counselors and supervisors meet frequently with CCB staff around the state to focus on promoting successful competitive integrated employment outcomes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have been determined eligible and are recipient of services through the CCB system.

To get started, contact a local Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Office. Find An Office

Training/Certification Requirements for Supported Employment Vendors 

With the passing of Senate Bill 18-145, Supported Employment vendors are required to have a nationally-recognized training certificate or certification in Supported Employment before June 30, 2024. HCPF currently has funding available to reimburse vendors for the cost of training and certification, application fees, and staff time. 

Please access and share with others this 30-minute captioned video that has been disseminated to all Supported Employment vendors for more information.

Other Supported Employment Training/Certification Resources