Individual Placement and Support (IPS)
What is IPS?
People with mental illness can get help finding and keeping a job through the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) program. Program participants have an opportunity to work with a team of professionals to maximize the possibility of employment success, including:
- Vocational rehabilitation counselors
- Employment services providers
- Mental health treatment services providers.
All three bring different resources and expertise to the table to help a person find a job that matches their interests and skills. The team approach provides people the opportunity to not only find a job but to also be successful in their job.
As a result:
- IPS is three times more effective than other vocational approaches in helping people with mental illness find work.
- People who obtain competitive employment through IPS have been shown to have increased income, improved self-esteem, improved quality of life and reduced symptoms.