The Supported Employment Demonstration (SED) is a randomized controlled trial of evidence-based vocational and mental health services. The study goals are: (1) successful employment, (2) improved mental health, and (3) reduced demand for Social Security disability benefits. The study will take place in 30 mental health agencies across 20 states. The participants in SED will be 3,000 adults who have been recently denied in a first application for disability (SSI or SSDI) due to mental impairments. The three arms of the random assignment are: a Full service arm (team leader, IPS supported employment, case management, other behavioral health services, nurse care coordination, and systematic medication management), a Basic Service arm (similar to Full Services without the systematic medication management facilitated by the nurse care coordination), and a Usual Service arm (control group).

Period: 8/29/16 – 8/28/22


William Frey, Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigator

Robert Drake, M.D., Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigator

Jarnee Riley, M.S.

Evaluation Team

William Frey, Ph.D., Evaluation Lead

David Salkever, Ph.D., University of Maryland Baltimore County

Lisa Dixon, M.D., Columbia University

Howard Goldman, M.D., Ph.D., Westat consultant

Implementation Team

Robert Drake, M.D., Ph.D., Implementation Lead

Deborah Becker, M.Ed., CRC

Gary Bond, Ph.D.

Tom Smith, M.D., Columbia University

Delia Cimpean Hendrick, M.D., Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

Debra Bury, R.N.

Mark Hegel, Ph.D., Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Sarah Swanson, M.S., CRC

Sandra Reese, B.S.

Susanne Logsdon, B.S.


Funding: Social Security Administration