• Funding for Competitive Integrated Employment Support Services for People with Mental Health Conditions - The webinar provides an overview on the development of the Advancing State Policy for Recovery and Employment initiative and how CIE programs to support people with mental health conditions are developed and funded in Iowa, Wisconsin and Florida.
  • Self-Employment Possibilities and Resources for People with Mental Health Challenges - This session focuses on three primary factors to contemplate when people receiving behavioral support services are considering self-employment, including the match between the business idea with the prospective business owner’s conditions of employment, feasibility of the business concept and availability of needed supports. Several possible resources for funding business start-ups is explored as well as strategies for braiding and blending funding.
  • Job Supports for People with Mental Health Disabilities – This session shares the importance of evidenced-based supportive employment programs and job supports in assisting people with mental health conditions obtain competitive integrated employment. The webinar also discusses the various barriers that exist that prevents universal application of these various programs and job supports.
  • The ADA and IPS-Supported Employment: Improving the Working Lives of People with Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders - This webinar introduces how the ADA applies to addiction in three phases of employment: pre-offer, post-offer, and employment and use scenarios to discuss and illustrate the application of the ADA as it relates to alcohol, opioids, cocaine and marijuana. This webinar discusses the IPS model and shares research on its effectiveness for people with serious mental illness and/or substance use disorders.
  • Employment Supports for People Recovering from Mental Illness - In this presentation, Deborah Becker briefly reviews the IPS practice and principles, the research, and implementation strategies. She describes cross-system issues, such as funding these services, state agency agreements, and the role of a national learning community, which has accelerated implementation and dissemination.
  • Peer Mentoring in Mental Health and Beyond - Nationally, peer support has become an important employment opportunity for individuals in recovery from a mental health and/or substance use disorder that reduces recidivism, service utilization, and isolation for those who are attempting to enter or maintain their personal recovery. States, such as Ohio, are on the forefront of trying to expand the peer support workforce, increase professionalism, and maximize funding streams for sustainable services. As the role of peer support continues to evolve, so does the opportunity to expand the inclusivity of the service to employment teams and work incentive planners.
  • Living and Working with a Serious Mental Illness (SMI): My Path to Competitive Integrated Employment with SMI and Helping Others with SMI to Reach Their Employment Goals - Deborah Homan is a professional with a serious mental illness, but with support from her family and working with her psychiatrist, she has successfully maintained her career in competitive integrated employment. In this webinar, Deborah shares her personal story about her return to work after experiencing mental health symptoms, and explains how her current work as an Individual Placement and Support (IPS) trainer for the state of Illinois has helped others with serious mental health conditions do the same.