Supported Employment is a well-defined approach to helping people with mental illnesses find and keep competitive employment within their communities. Supported employment programs are staffed by employment specialists who have frequent meetings with treatment providers to integrate supported employment with mental health services. The core principles of this program include:
- Eligibility based on consumer choices and preferences;
- Supported employment as an integrated treatment;
- Continuous follow-along supports;
- Help with moving beyond the patient role and developing new employment-related roles as part of the recovery process.
Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders
Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders is for people who have both mental illness and a substance abuse addiction. This treatment approach helps people recover by offering both mental health and substance abuse services at the same time and in one setting.
This approach includes:
- Individualized treatment, based on a person’s current stage of recovery;
- Education about the illness;
- Case management;
- Help with housing;
- Money management;
- Relationship and social support;
- Counseling designed especially for people with co-occurring disorders.
Family Psychoeducation (Kansas Family Partnership)
Family Psychoeducation involves a partnership among consumers, families and supporters, and practitioners. Through relationship building, education, collaboration, problem solving, and an atmosphere of hope and cooperation, family psychoeducation helps consumers and their families and supporters to:
- Learn about mental illness;
- Master new ways of managing their mental illness;
- Reduce tension and stress within the family;
- Provide social support and encouragement to each other;
- Focus on the future;
- Find ways for families and supporters to help consumers in their recovery