Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Psychiatric Disorders and Other Disabilities
The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funded the Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Psychiatric Disorders and Other Disabilities Project to identify effective programs that help individuals with psychiatric disorders find and retain employment. A second goal of the project was to explore how these programs can be funded through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other sources. ASPE was particularly interested in knowing what supports will assist the following subgroups of people with psychiatric disorders: Individuals who are now or who are expected to be long-term clients of mental health services and who are in the process of applying for disability benefits. Individuals at risk of losing employment due to mental illness. Individuals, such as transition-age youth (TAY), who are experiencing an initialepisode of psychosis and require early-intervention (EI) services. This project aimed to find answers to the following overarching questions: What services are most effective at helping people in the previously describedthree subgroups find and keep employment? What are the work-support needs of and services currently available toindividuals with other disabilities? What can income and service-use trajectoriesof participants in particular programs tell us about service needs and programeffectiveness? What policies and funding can be adopted in a post-ACA environment toovercome employment barriers for people with psychiatric disorders and otherdisabilities? We conducted two targeted literature reviews: (1) employment programs and outcomes for people with psychiatric disorders (O'Day et al. 2013); and (2) employment programs and outcomes for people with other disabilities (Martin et al. 2013). We also analyzed data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation to examine service-use trajectories of vulnerable populations who might be expected to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. We also examined literature and policy documents that outlined funding options for employment services for people with psychiatric disorders and other disabilities. We highlight our findings in this summary.
- Paperback | 132 pages
- 215.9 x 279.4 x 7.62mm | 408.23g
- 16 Feb 2015
- United States
- black & white illustrations