The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, with its network of collaborators, will conduct a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Psychiatric Disabilities.
The goal is to conduct a coordinated program of research and knowledge translation projects and activities that build on the existing evidence-based supported employment and improve employment outcomes for individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Research objectives are: 1) conduct a qualitative study of the barriers and facilitators to accessing IPS; 2) create a typology of provider-generated adaptations to IPS; 3) examine performance-based incentives and their effects on clients and IPS specialists; 4) test an intervention of self-management strategies for workplace success; 5) develop and test of an innovative metacognitive intervention to improve work outcomes; 6) test an integrated career guidance and supported education intervention to improve employment outcomes and income.
The National Resource Center (NRC) will conduct training, technical assistance, and dissemination activities and increase utilization of research findings; objectives are to: 1) to provide academic and in-service training to help providers and stakeholders improve employment services; 2) test an innovative approach to benefits counseling; 3) conduct online technical assistance to improve employment services; 4) conduct online dissemination activities; 5) develop and test a mobile application to change providers’ low expectations about work, particularly in treatment settings. Anticipated outcomes include: increased awareness and adoption of promising enhancements to IPS; increase knowledge and skill about benefits counseling; increased facts and resources about employment, and increased positive attitudes about work. Products include: training and technical assistance programs, research syntheses, briefs, manualized interventions and curricula, mobile phone apps, publications and presentations.