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<i>The Structure of IPS in the Mental Health Agency</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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195131215.003.0007

Series: Innovations in Practice and Service Delivery with Vulnerable Populations

 The Structure of IPS in the Mental Health Agency

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This chapter covers what is required to set up an IPS program in a mental health agency. Two methods are described. In one way, IPS is added to the current menu of services. In the other way, IPS replaces another service such as rehabilitative day treatment. Organizationally, mental health services are provided by treatment teams, and employment specialists join one or two teams. The teams meet weekly to discuss client situations and make recommendations on the clients’ service plans. Vignettes are provided to illustrate examples of team support. Careful planning is required when deciding to implement IPS. Specific steps are outlined, for example incorporating employment in the agency’s mission statement, determining financing, anticipating effects of IPS on other programs, determining the staffing pattern and training needs, tracking employment outcomes, and monitoring fidelity to the model.

Keywords: treatment team; employment coordinator; employment specialist; staff training; tracking outcomes; fidelity measurement; team support

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