The majority of people living with psychiatric disabilities, including co-occurring substance use disorder, are interested in a path of recovery that includes employment. Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is an approach to supported employment for people with serious mental illness that has demonstrated a strong evidence base across different age groups, racial and ethnic backgrounds and labor markets. The project is focused on providing technical assistance to the seven SAMHSA awardees of the Transforming Lives Through Supported Employment grant. Based on experience running an IPS learning community for 15 years in 22 states and 3 European countries, IPS Employment Center trainers will assist states in building the infrastructure to implement IPS supported employment in a sustainable way statewide.

The IPS Employment Center, Rockville Institute, Westat will provide technical assistance and consultation based on the identified state need through teleconferences and in-person visits. The focus of available technical assistance is on state-level activities that include establishing a funding mechanism, training capacity, system for tracking outcomes and capacity for monitoring process through site fidelity reviews. In addition, technical assistance is available on developing a state steering committee with stakeholder representation (people with lived experience, mental health authority and vocational rehabilitation state administrators, families, employers, and others) that will oversee implementation and dissemination efforts. IPS Employment Center trainers will mentor trainers as needed in their work with local site leaders and practitioners on organizational elements of IPS implementation and skill development. Practitioners and supervisors can participate in our online courses. The states can also access IPS Employment Center technical assistance to organize in-state learning communities to enhance program implementation, dissemination, and sustainability.   This project is under a subcontract to the IPS Employment Center, Rockville Institute, Westat as part of a research and training center grant awarded to Boston University.

Project Period: 10/1/14-9/30/19


Deborah R. Becker, M.Ed., CRC, Principal Investigator

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

Sarah J. Swanson, M.S., CRC, Consultant and Trainer

Sandra L. Reese, B.S., Consultant and Trainer


Funding: National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)