The IPS Employment Center2021-02-23T18:05:07+00:00

The IPS Employment Center

Research, Dissemination, Training, and Consultation

COVID-19 and IPS

The IPS Employment Center recommends that states and sites temporarily suspend conducting IPS fidelity reviews until resuming IPS implementation with in-person services. The IPS Fidelity Scale is a validated tool that measures the level of IPS implementation. The degree of implementation correlates with competitive integrated employment outcomes. Remote fidelity reviews have not been studied.

Alternatively, some state implementation teams have plans to observe IPS unit meetings or mental health treatment teams remotely to provide technical assistance without attempting to score items on the scale. While these activities are not fidelity reviews, they may help teams maintain adherence to the evidence-based approach as much as possible during the pandemic.

The stress caused by COVID-19 has been substantial for all of us.  When it is not possible to provide accurate fidelity reports, agencies should be spared the extra pressure of fidelity reviews. Instead, consider using the Virtual Consultation for IPS Quality Improvement (Parts A and B) to help IPS teams stay focused on high performance and provide them with feedback on what they are doing well.  The forms are available in the website library.


Events & Announcements


Check out this announcement from our colleagues in Alabama of an exciting new initiative to feature IPS success stories through a series of testimonial videos. Learn more here.


A new document has just arrived in our library. Find our Funding Infographic – updated based on 2020 data – in the document library and learn about the different ways states use braided funding to support IPS.


The IPS Employment Center’s own Bob Drake will be giving a webinar on Recovery and Evidence on January 14th – learn more and sign up to attend here.


We’ve added a new online course. Learn more about the Online IPS Fidelity Course here. Registration will open in January.


The latest outcomes are in and the employment rate increased almost 1% since last quarter. Read more on our blog page.


New document alert! The IPS Advocates Committee of the International IPS Learning Community wrote the new resource on partnering with family members in IPS, which you can find here. You can also find it and many other helpful resources in our document library.


We’ve added some resources to help provide virtual quality assessment during the COVID pandemic when IPS fidelity reviews are not recommended. The two new documents (Virtual Quality Improvement Plan Part A and Part B) can also be found in the document library.


We have a new page on our website! It features webinar videos on a range of topics, from sleep disorders and substance use to motivational interviewing and mindfulness for care providers. Click here to see our IPS and Wellness Webinar Series. Or you can always find it in the top menu under Library > IPS and Wellness Webinars.


Facts & Figures

First IPS Manual Published
US States/regions in the IPS Learning Community
Countries/regions outside the US in the IPS Learning Community
RCTs Demonstrate Effectiveness of IPS
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