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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.
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