Policy recommendations

Robert E. Drake, Gary R. Bond and Deborah R. Becker

in Individual Placement and Support

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199734016
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199949755 | DOI:

Series: Evidence-Based Practice

Policy recommendations

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Two major barriers prevent people with psychiatric disabilities from becoming employed: disincentives within the health care and social insurance systems; and lack of access to Individual Placement and Support (IPS). Overcoming these barriers will require major policy changes. This chapter suggests several principles for policy makers. First, for long-term illnesses, consider a life span perspective, including primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention to minimize disability. Second, unlink health insurance and disability status. Third, make certain that disability regulations reinforce recovery rather than continued disability. Fourth, fund evidence-based recovery services rather than ineffective segregated services. Fifth, reduce societal stigma by increasing incentives for schools to educate people with disabilities and for employers to hire them.

Keywords: mentally ill; psychiatric disabilities; health care policy; social insurance; Individual Placement and Support; life span perspective; health insurance; evidence-based recovery services

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