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Citation:  Lusk, S. L., Koch, L. C., & Paul, T. M. (2016). Recovery-oriented vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with co-occurring psychiatric disabilities and substance use disorders. Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, 30 (3), 243-258.
Title:  Recovery-oriented vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with co-occurring psychiatric disabilities and substance use disorders
Authors:  Lusk, S. L., Koch, L. C., & Paul, T. M.
Year:  2016
Journal/Publication:  Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education
Publisher:  Springer
Full text:  https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ1110556   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Not reported

Structured abstract:

Purpose:  The purpose of the article is to examine the barriers that individuals with co-occurring psychiatric disabilities and substance use disorder face in the vocational rehabilitation (VR).
Data collection and analysis:  The authors conduct a comprehensive literature review which showed barriers to service delivery (access to services and eligibility requirements) and barriers to VR planning (lack of training of counselors, lack of work-related skills).
Findings:  The literature review showed that VR participation rates and successful rehabilitation outcomes among this population are much lower than those with other disabilities. Researchers have suggested numerous strategies that improve recovery and employment success.
Conclusions:  Research is still needed on the barriers to VR service delivery for individuals with co-occurring psychiatric disabilities and substance use disorders and how to implement more recovery-related practices within VR.

Disabilities served:  Chronic mental illness
Multiple disabilities
Populations served:  Persons with multiple disabilities (e.g., deaf-blindness, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse)
Interventions:  Vocational rehabilitation