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Citation:  Bond, G.R., McHuggo, G. J., Becker, D.R., Rapp, C. A., & Whitley, R. (2008). The quality of supported employment implementation scale. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 14 (3), 201-212.
Title:  The quality of supported employment implementation scale
Authors:  Bond, G.R., McHuggo, G. J., Becker, D.R., Rapp, C. A., & Whitley, R.
Year:  2008
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Publisher:  IOS Press
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Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Not reported
Research design:  Case history review

Structured abstract:

Background:  Introduced in the 1980s supported employment (SE) is an approach to helping people with severe disabilities work in competitive employment positions. Although its principles are well described in the literature, its implementation has been variable throughout the U.S.
Purpose:  The purpose of this study was to develop a brief, self-explanatory checklist, suitable for use in a telephone interview format, and ultimately as an instrument completed by a program administrator or state planner, or as a self evaluation by a study site.
Setting:  The setting were supported employment programs in Kansas and New Jersey.
Study sample:  The study sample included 32 supported employment programs across 2 states.
Intervention:  The intervention was Fidelity of implementation of Individual Placement and Support model of supported employment.
Control or comparison condition:  There was no control or comparison condition.
Data collection and analysis:  A 1.5-hour semi-structured interview using the Quality of Supported Employment Implementation Scale (QSEIS) was conducted with program directors in 32 supported employment programs. The QSEIS total scale and 4 sub-scales were correlated with 9 indicators of employment outcomes, obtained from a retrospective survey completed by program directors in 24 of the programs.
Findings:  Substantial implementation of supported employment standards was found in these programs, with mean ratings exceeding 4.0 on a 5-point scale, for 18 of 33 items. Mean overall implementation was similar in both states, with somewhat different patterns, with NJ rating higher on Planning and Support, and KS rating higher on Integration of Mental Health and Rapid Job Search.
Conclusions:  The QSEIS is a pragmatic tool for describing supported employment programs for people with severe mental illness,although more work on psychometric precision and predictive validity is needed. The survey provides norms by which other providers and other states can compare their achievement of the principles of supported employment.

Disabilities served:  Chronic mental illness
Populations served:  Gender: Female and Male
Interventions:  Supported employment
Outcomes:  Employment acquisition