Employment is a goal for many people living with mental illness and past research has indicated that while the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model is the current best practice approach to achieving employment outcomes for people with mental illness, sustained employment has remained elusive.
A survey conducted recently over one week to Neami NSW outreach participants returned the following results. Of 179 returned surveys:
72% want to work in the future
28% are currently looking for work
64% were interested in Neami supporting them to look for work.
These findings indicate consumer interest for support with employment.
The project will describe the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of employment support as implemented within Neami (i.e. IPS informed by the CRM) and will capture outcomes of job acquisition, employment duration, hours worked per week, total hours and wages, service intensity, and days to first job.
In addition the research will provide a detailed description of the program operation including fidelity to the 25 fidelity scale items outlined by Becker and Drake, illuminating the characteristics of Neami Nationals version of IPS and how it is informed by CRM.
Overall the project aims to inform people with mental illness who seek to work, about a collaborative recovery model (CRM) adapted approach to IPS and its outcomes. It will provide Neami National with further information about the outcomes to inform decisions about program delivery and potential expansion.
Initiated by Kate Feder (Neami NSW Employment Manager) the project will be undertaken by a student in the Master of Occupational Therapy (Research Stream) program under the supervision of Sydney University researcher Dr Justin Scanlan.