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A Working Life for People with Severe Mental Illness$
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Deborah R. Becker and Robert E. Drake

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195131215

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195131215.001.0001

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The Structure of IPS in the Mental Health Agency

The Structure of IPS in the Mental Health Agency

(p.51) 7 The Structure of IPS in the Mental Health Agency
A Working Life for People with Severe Mental Illness

Deborah R. Becker

Robert E. Drake

Oxford University Press

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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