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Citation:  Noel, Valerie A.; Oulvey, Eugene; Drake, Robert E.; Bond, Gary R.; Carpenter-Song, Elizabeth A.; DeAtley, Brian (2018). A preliminary evaluation of individual placement and support for youth with developmental and psychiatric disabilities. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 48 (2), 249-255.
Title:  A preliminary evaluation of individual placement and support for youth with developmental and psychiatric disabilities
Authors:  Noel, Valerie A.; Oulvey, Eugene; Drake, Robert E.; Bond, Gary R.; Carpenter-Song, Elizabeth A.; DeAtley, Brian
Year:  2018
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Publisher:  IOS Press
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.3233/JVR-180934
Full text:  https://content.iospress.com/articles/journal-of-vocational-rehabil...   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Yes

Structured abstract:

Background:  Youth with disabilities desire competitive employment, but most are placed in sheltered workshops. Illinois launched a pilot project to promote competitive employment for youth with disabilities, using Individual Placement and Support (IPS), an evidence-based vocational model for people with serious mental illness.
Purpose:  To evaluate the potential of IPS for youth with developmental and/or psychiatric disabilities
Data collection and analysis:  We assessed fidelity to the IPS model, competitive employment outcomes, and implementation barriers over one year in 10 agencies in Illinois implementing new IPS programs for youth with developmental and/or psychiatric disabilities. Assessments included fidelity reviews, employment outcomes, and semi-structured interviews. Project outcomes were compared against national benchmarks for fidelity and employment outcomes.
Findings:  All 10 programs successfully implemented IPS with four achieving a fidelity score above 100, the benchmark for good fidelity. Over a 12-month follow-up period, most programs increased quarterly employment rates, reaching a mean employment rate of 36% (SD?=?14%) by the fourth quarter, approaching the national benchmark for good employment outcome. A lack of collaboration between systems, competing expectations, and stigma were the main implementation barriers.
Conclusions:  The overall good employment rate and fidelity scores suggest that IPS is a promising approach for youth with disabilities.

Disabilities served:  Developmental disabilities
Populations served:  Transition-age youth (14 - 24)
Interventions:  Other
Outcomes:  Other