Douglas County Oregon Government Portal Douglas County Health & Social Services
Douglas County Oregon Government Portal
Site Map Home Community Links    
 
 
Douglas County Health and Social Services Douglas County Health and Social Services
 
  Home
  Administration
  Developmental Disabilities
  Emergency Preparedness
  Environmental Health
  Mental Health
    Adult Treatment
    Crisis & Evaluation
    Notice of Privacy (PDF)
    Resources
    Youth & Family
  Public Health
  Senior Services
  U-Trans
   

Mental Health
 
Individual Placement Support/Supported Employment (IPS & Supportment Employment) Program
 

Program Mission Statement:

Working together as a community in mutually supportive ways to provide mental health services that empower people to create solutions.  Research shows that people with mental illness who work, recover stability and wellness. The primary goal of IPS Supported Employment is recovery through competitive work.

Program Description:

IPS (Individual Placement & Support) Supported Employment is an Evidenced-Based, Best Practice integrated service and support provided to members based on medical appropriateness, OHP status, and member choice.

IPS Supported Employment Services and supports are based on 8 principles:

  1. Zero Exclusion—meaning that members who are deemed eligible, are not excluded based on symptoms, behaviors, legal history, substance use disorders, personal presentation, missed appointments, decisions about treatment, cognitive disorders, homelessness or unstable housing, past problems with employment.
  2. Competitive jobs are the goal—These are jobs anyone in the community can apply for and obtain. These are not sheltered workshops, program ran positions, or voluntary (non-paid) positions.
  3. Services are integrated with mental health treatment— These services and supports are prescribed by the Primary Clinician and are included in the treatment plan. In addition, the Employment Specialist is a member of the member’s multidisciplinary team.
  4. Personalized benefits planning— is provided before employment and in anticipation of changes to employment to enable members to make informed decisions.
  5. Rapid job search— Within 30 days the member meets with an employer face to face unless they request a slower pace.
  6. Employment Specialists support— build working relationships with employers based on member’s preferences and interests.
  7. Individual job supports— are time unlimited.
  8. Client preferences are honored— in all aspects of treatment and provision of services and supports.

IPS Supported Employment clinical team:

IPS Supported Employment clinical team consists of Employment Specialists, the Lead Employment Specialist, and the Supervisor—these team members work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team model to provide services and supports as defined in the Oregon Administrative Rule and in-line with fidelity to the IPS Supported Employment model in their efforts to support recovery through work and achieve the following:

Community education and support that helps the system of care adopt a “culture of work.”
Members obtain and retain work in areas of expressed interest that improve their quality of life.

Independence and integration within the community. Increased stability and wellness while decreasing risk of harm to self or others. Improved, more positive outcomes for members with serious mental illness receiving treatment services. Some of the services and supports provided by the IPS  Supported Employment include:
  • Community education and support that helps the system of care adopt a “culture of work"
  • Members obtain and retain work in areas of expressed interest that improve their quality of life
  • Independence and integration within the community
  • Increased stability and wellness while decreasing risk of harm to self or others
  • Improved, more positive outcomes for members with serious mental illness receiving treatment services

 

Services provided by IPS Supported Employment Program:

  • Access to Benefits Counseling: counseling that informs the member how benefits such as SSI and insurance may be impacted by employment.
  • Referrals: to other community resources and supports such as Vocational Rehabilitation Center
  • Skill Building & Job Coaching: to assist members in achieving their employment goals (resume development, practice interviews, formal education and training).
  • Job Development:  to match interests of members—Positions sought are those in which the member has expressed interest.
  • Assistance:  to reduce barriers to work, such as transportation, education, and training (e.g., collaborative problem-solving, completing applications).
  • Follow Along Supports & Coaching: on or off job site as directed by member.
  • Program Eligibility Information: Eligibility is based on specific criterion: Members must be 16 years of age or older, be open with Mental Health Division of Douglas County Health and Social Services; have OHP as this is an OHP covered service, choose to participate (this service is voluntary), and this service must be medically appropriate as assessed by the Primary Clinician (e.g., mental illness is creating barriers to employment).

IPS Supported Employment Program Expected Outcomes:

The expected outcome for implementing IPS Supported Employment is that 45 to 50 percent of members with serious mental illness working with an employment specialist will obtain and retain competitive work in their expressed field of interest. Members should also demonstrate reduced acuity in regards to assessed level of care need which will be supported  by a reduction of service utilization including crisis services and hospitalizations. In addition, members should demonstrate increased independence and community integration as a result of meeting basic needs, being able to manage symptoms, and improved daily functioning. 


Program Eligibility Information:

Eligibility is based on specific criterion: Members must be 16 years of age or older, be open with Mental Health Division of Douglas County Health and Social Services; have OHP as this is an OHP covered service, choose to participate (this service is voluntary), and this service must be medically appropriate as assessed by the Primary Clinician (e.g., mental illness is creating barriers to employment).  

 

Program Referral Process:

If the member is eligible for IPS Supported Employment services, the Primary Clinician will make a referral to the Lead Employment Specialist who will then assign the member’s case to one of the employment specialists and add the Employment Specialist to the treatment team in the Electronic Medical Record. The assigned Employment Specialist will contact the member to schedule an appointment. The assigned Employment Specialist will provide an update to the Primary Clinician and  begin working with the member and the member’s treatment team.

 

 

IPS Supported Employment Information

Call 541-440-3532

 

How to Reach Us
 

Mental Health
621 W Madrone
Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone: 541-440-3532
or 541-530-2834
Toll Free: 800-234-0985
Fax: 541-957-3790
TTY: 541-464-3810

 
Young people talking.
 
 

Program Contact: IPS Supported Employment Supervisor, Barbara Farrand- 541-440-3532

Please call if you have any questions regarding the IPS Supportment Employment Program.