Individual Placement and Support (IPS) supports individuals with mental illness to obtain and maintain competitive employment. Employment has been proven to improve quality of life for people recovering from severe mental illness, provides structure and purposeful activity while enhancing self-esteem and social belonging – all significant contributors to recovery. IPS is a recovery-oriented Psychosocial Rehabilitation evidence-based best practice. Employment placement rates for clients of high performing IPS programs are more than double those of other supported employment programs for people with severe mental illness. CMHA VF regularly achieves or exceeds the employment placement rates outlined in the literature.
In 2015, the “Occupational Recovery after First-Episode Psychosis: A Critical Period” three year Research Project was launched to study the effectiveness of IPS with Early Psychosis Intervention clients in the Fraser Health region. CMHA VF is one of 13 cities in Canada taking part in Creating Opportunity – A National Approach, a federally funded CMHA National Employment Project. Over the next three years, through the IPS program, the funding will allow CMHA VF to work directly with many individuals to make their goal of becoming employed a reality.
For more information, please call 604-872-4902.
For information on the STEP Program, please call Ric De Villa or Erin McElligot.
Erin McElligott: 604-351-5283
Ric De Villa: 778-960-2181