<i>Introduction to the IPS Approach to Supported Employment</i>

Deborah R. Becker and Robert E. Drake

in A Working Life for People with Severe Mental Illness

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195131215
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199863808 | DOI:

Series: Innovations in Practice and Service Delivery with Vulnerable Populations

 Introduction to the IPS Approach to Supported Employment

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IPS is a standardized approach to supported employment for people with severe mental illness. IPS is derived from eight empirically derived principles. Employment specialists join mental health treatment teams to provide coordinated services. The vocational unit is comprised of a vocational supervisor and at least two employment specialists who carry discrete caseloads of no more than twenty-five people. In IPS, all people are encouraged to think about how employment may fit into their lives. Clients who express interest in working are assisted in finding a competitive job, full-time or part-time, that matches their skills, preferences, and experiences. People are provided individualized supports to maintain employment. As a team-based approach, all members of the team support the client’s work efforts.

Keywords: IPS principles; place-train; team-based services; evidence-based practice; coordinated services

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