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CNS is pleased to offer the evidence-based Individual Placement and Supports (IPS) program.

Individual Placement and Supports is a program where persons traditionally denied career opportunities due to the perceived severity of their disability are provided jobs alongside coworkers without disabilities, and given long term, ongoing support for as long as needed. IPS is a well-defined approach to helping people with disabilities participate in the competitive job market, helping them find meaningful jobs that they choose and providing ongoing support from a team of professionals.  First introduced in the 1980s, IPS programs are now found in a variety of service contexts, including community mental health clinics and psychosocial rehabilitation agencies.  This approach represents an advance over sheltered workshops and other programs that did not foster independence and community inclusion.

Research shows that between 40% and 60% of consumers enrolled in IPS obtain competitive employment while less than 20% of similar consumers do so when not enrolled in IPS. Other employment outcomes, such as duration of employment and wages, also generally favor IPS programs.  The beneficial effects of IPS are long lasting, as seen in one study that interviewed consumers 10 years after they were first enrolled.

IPS staff assesses consumers’ vocational interests and works alongside the consumers to help prepare them to return to competitive employment positions.  Services provided include: assistance with resume writing; refinement of communication and interviewing skills; linking to educational training; and social skills and work ethic consultation.  The CNS IPS Team also works in collaboration with the consumer’s primary treatment team and community resources such as Michigan Rehabilitative Services to identify work opportunities that align with the consumers’ skill sets and interests.

The program facilitated 72 jobs between October 2016 and July 2017.