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Citation:  Wallace, C. J., & Tauber, R. (2004). Rehab rounds: Supplementing supported employment with workplace skills training. Psychiatric Services, 55 (5), 513-515.
Title:  Rehab rounds: Supplementing supported employment with workplace skills training
Authors:  Wallace, C. J., & Tauber, R.
Year:  2004
Journal/Publication:  Psychiatric Services
Publisher:  American Psychiatric Publishing
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Peer-reviewed?  No
NIDILRR-funded?  No
Research design:  Randomized controlled trial

Structured abstract:

Background:  Supported Employment for persons with serious and persistent mental illness has been termed Individual Placement and Support. In two randomize controlled trials clients who received Individual Placement and Support services were more likely to obtain at least one job in the competitive sector and to work more hours, and to have a higher total income than their counterparts who received more traditional types of vocational rehabilitation. However, individual placement and support did not improve the length of time the employed participants kept their jobs.
Purpose:  The purpose of this report is to present the preliminary results of a randomized comparison of the workplace fundamental skills module's effects on job retention, symptoms, and community functioning when coupled with individual placement and support.
Setting:  The setting was a community mental health center and various places of employment.
Study sample:  The study sample included 42 individuals with a diagnosed mental health disorders.
Intervention:  The intervention was Work skills training and Individual Placement and Support
Control or comparison condition:  The control condition was Individual Placement and Support only.
Data collection and analysis:  Data was collected about job acquisition, hours worked, wage and job retention.
Findings:  Thirty-four individuals, 17 in each group were employed during the project. There was no significant difference in the hours worked or the earnings for the two groups. The control group held significantly more jobs than the group receiving both modalities indicating there was significantly more job turnover in the group that received individual placement and support only.
Conclusions:  The most relevant finding from the study was the greater job retention among the participants who received the combination of individual placement and support and the workplace fundamental skills module.

Disabilities served:  Bi-polar
Chronic mental illness
Populations served:  Gender: Female and Male
Interventions:  Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of supported employment
Outcomes:  Employment acquisition