Supported Employment

Supported employment is a type of vocational rehabilitation program that helps people with mental illness find paid employment and keep the job once procured. The Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of supported employment (Becker and Drake, 1994) encapsulates the most common and empirically supported elements of supported employment. This model emphasizes rapidly finding a job based on the individual’s preferences and supporting them with continuous assessment and follow-along supports. The goal of supported employment is competitive employment within an integrated work setting.

For more information, pelase visit the SECT Center web site.

The toolkit is also available through the SAMHSA website.

There are a number of useful videos available on the Dartmouth Supported Employment Website, located under "Resources."  These videos address both skills and successful strategies.