Goal 12: Increase the number of individuals with mental illness who are engaged in employment, education, or other vocational-related activities.
Performance Targets: By July 2014, (1) Employment among SAIL participants will increase from .03% employed and .06% looking for work (2012 baseline) to 1.0% employed and 2.0% looking for work at six-month follow-up; and (2) Employment among Wiser Choice participants will increase from 26.7% (2012 baseline) to 28.0% at six-month follow-up.
Tactical Objective 12.1: Begin implementation of the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Program by the Community Services Branch and its partners.
Progress on Targets and Objective: There have been two significant training events conducted in Milwaukee on the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) supported employment model. The trainings were conducted by Supported Employment Consultant David Lynde and covered IPS principles, fidelity, and readiness for implementation of the IPS model within respective agencies. There are four agencies that will begin the implementation of IPS and use the consultation services of David Lynde. Those agencies are Southside Community Support Program (CSP), Easter Seals, Milwaukee Mental Health Associates (CSP), and St. Charles Youth and Family Services, a Recovery Support Coordination agency. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) will play a key role with the four agencies in assisting with benefits counseling and the career assessment required for DVR services.
Implementation Challenges: Capacity for sustainable funding is not currently available until the County implements the Community Recovery Services (CRS 1915(i)) benefit and the Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) benefit, which are necessary for sustainability of IPS.
Key Points for Redesign Task Force: Current progress is due to agencies’ willingness and staff capacity to begin the implementation of IPS. The request for proposals will still be released for other agencies that need infrastructure start-up financial assistance to utilize IPS.
Key Points for other Action Teams: Involvement of the State Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation was crucial to these trainings occurring in 2013.
General Comments: Progress to date would not have been possible without the Community Reinvestment funds. Those funds are financing the consultation contract with David Lynde from Dartmouth University.
(Update provided by Kristina Finnel and Sue Gadacz)