Bazelon Center Report "Getting to Work: Promoting Employment of People with Mental Illness"

Posted by Alexandra Kielty - On September 10, 2014 (EST)

On September 10, 2014, the Bazelon Center released "Getting to Work: Promoting Employment of People with Mental Illness", a guide that details the benefits of getting people with serious mental illness into competitive employment through the use of supported employment services. Only about 1 in 10 people with a serious mental illness holds a full-time job. The statistic is not a reflection of lack of capacities or desires to be a part of the workforce: at least two-thirds want to work, and many have worked before. Employment has been widely recognized as a fundamental part of recovery and of community integration for people with serious mental illness. Yet, mental health systems have long operated under the mistaken assumption that people with serious mental illness cannot work.

Getting to Work describes how supported employment services can change this, the successful outcomes they secure, the cost savings they produce for states, and how they enable states to fulfill their legal obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act. It also offers recommendations to help states expand the availability of supported employment services for people with serious mental illness. To view the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.bazelon.org/portals/0/Where%20We%20Stand/Community%20Integration/Olmstead/Getting%20to%20Work.pdf?utm_source=Getting to Work Report &utm_campaign=Getting to Work Report&utm_medium=email



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