Research consistently shows that up to 90% of people in contact with specialist mental health and addiction services have an interest in employment now or in the future (Morgan et al., 2016; Peterson et al., 2017; Westcott et al., 2015). The way government policy and funding is structured impacts on our ability to respond to these employment aspirations – and mental health and addiction leaders have a crucial role.
It is important that leaders:
- understand Individual Placement and Support (IPS) evidence-based practices
- identify the country-specific systemic enablers and barriers to implementing IPS employment support.
The first part of this resource provides an overview of the International IPS Learning Community and is followed by articles from the USA, Canada, the UK, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia.
Each article provides an insight into the history and status of IPS in the country including how it is implemented, funded, delivered and evaluated. Barriers or challenges to implementation, findings of evaluations and future plans for delivery are also outlined.
At only 14 pages, this special update is an easy read with a wealth of valuable information. To download this resource in full, click the button below:
Employment support is seen as one of the greatest unmet needs within mental health and addiction services.
While access to IPS employment support in New Zealand is increasing, nearly half of current health regions still have no access to IPS. It is concerning that many people are missing out on evidence-based mental health and addiction employment support services .
Integrated employment support in mental health and addiction services is growing but equity of access is the transformational shift that is needed.
IPS Employment Support Community of Practice
Work Counts is proud to host the IPS Employment Support Community of Practice.
This group provides an opportunity for IPS practitioners, champions, clinicians, academics and others to connect in relation to Individual Placement and Support (IPS).