Individual Placement and Support (IPS)

IPS is "recover through employment", an evidenced-based model of supported employment for persons living with a mental illness.

Work is the best treatment we have serious mental illness (i.e, people with schizophrenia spectrum disorder, bipolar, or depression). Two-Thirds of people with serious mental illness want to work but only 15% are employed. They see work as an essential part of recovery. Being productive is a basic human need. Working can both be a way out of poverty and prevent entry into the disability system. Competitive employment has a positive impact on self-esteem, life satisfaction, and reducing symptoms (Luciano, Bond, & Drake, 2014). The number of studies showing IPS effectiveness continues to grow.

To date, 25 randomized controlled trials of IPS have showed a significant advantage for IPS. Across the 25 studies, IPS showed an average competitive employment rate of 56% compared to 23% of controls. A meta-analysis of 17 randomized controlled trials found that people receiving IPS services were 2.4 times more likely to be employed than controls (Modini, 2016).

TMHCA Proudly Serves These TN Counties
White, Putnam, Warren, Grundy, DeKalb, Cannon, Coffee, Van Buren, Maury, Bedford, Marshall.

 For more information contact:
Jordan Young (IPS Manager)
(615) 920-2349

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Tennessee Facts

  • IPS began in Tennessee in October 2013
  • Thirteen agencies across the state have IPS Supported Employment Programs
  • Agencies served 956 individuals in fiscal year 2018 with a statewide employment rate of 46%.
  • Two of the IPS sites are participating in a national Social Security Administration study.
  • Some IPS Programs focus on providing Supported Employment and Education services to youth and young adults, utilizing the IPS model.
  • Tennessee is a member of the International IPS Learning Collaborative.
  • Job obtained are as unique as the individuals being served. Everywhere from nurses to cashiers, lifeguards to receptionists, warehouse workers to day-care attendants, and many more!