Did you know that Josselyn offers employment assistance for our clients?

Josselyn’s supported employment program, called Individual Placement and Support (IPS), provides vocational assessments, help with the job search, resume assistance, job coaching, interviewing practice – all with motivation and accountability!

IPS is a model of supported employment for people with mental health challenges. IPS supported employment helps people living with behavioral health conditions work at regular jobs of their choosing.

Developed at Dartmouth College, IPS is based on eight principles.

WORKER PREFERENCES: IPS program services are based on each job seeker’s preferences and choices rather than the employment specialist’s and supervisor’s judgments.​

INTEGRATED SERVICES: IPS programs are integrated with mental health treatment teams. Employment specialists attach to 1 or 2 mental health teams to coordinate care.

BENEFITS PLANNING: Employment specialists help people obtain personalized, understandable, and accurate information about their Social Security, Medicaid, and other benefits. 

TIME-UNLIMITED SUPPORTS: Job supports are individualized and continue for as long as each worker wants and needs the support. Employment Specialist have face to face contact at least monthly.

COMPETITIVE EMPLOYMENT: Jobs anyone can apply for, pay at least minimum wage, or same pay as coworkers regardless of disability status.

RAPID JOB SEARCH: Helps job seekers find jobs rather than assessment, training, and counseling. The first employer face-to-face contact occurs within 30 days. 

SYSTEMATIC JOB DEVELOPMENT: Employment specialists systematically visit employers, who are selected based on the job seeker’s preferences, to learn about their business needs and hiring preferences.

ZERO EXCLUSION: People are not excluded on the basis of readiness, diagnoses, symptoms, substance use history, psychiatric hospitalizations, homelessness, level of disability, or legal system involvement. 

Josselyn’s IPS serves anyone, age 18 and older, who is a resident of Lake or Cook County. Josselyn’s IPS is Funded by the Department of Human Services – Division of Rehabilitation Services. Learn more here.

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