Research tells us that 60-70 percent of people with serious mental illness want to work. However, fewer than 15 percent of these individuals are employed. These figures are troublesome because having a job helps people manage their symptoms, rejoin their communities and decrease their reliance on the social service system.
The good news is that Individual Placement and Support (IPS), an evidence-based approach, helps people with serious mental illness to find and keep regular jobs in their communities.
Capital Recovery Center is pleased to offer Supported Employment and welcomes Isabelle Amundsen to the role of IPS Job Developer. IPS is a model of supported employment for people with mental illness, helping these individuals work at regular jobs. The IPS Job Developer carries out the services of the IPS Supported Employment program by assisting clients obtain and maintain employment consistent with their vocational goals. In this role, Amundsen will write job support plans with clients, incorporate input from clients’ mental health providers and adjust plans according to clients’ needs and preferences.
The ISP Job Developer maintains a shared active caseload of 25 ISP clients, referred by CRC’s PATH program, Peer Pathfinders, Olympia Bupe Clinic or CRC PEER counselors.
“Isabelle had worked prior as a vocation specialist and job coach since 2017 and is the ideal fit for this position; we are pleased to welcome her to the team,” says Jim Wright, Executive Director of Capital Recovery Center.
For more information about IPS Supported Employment, visit: https://ipsworks.org/