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IPS: Tribal Nations and Counties


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A win-win for tribal nations and counties

IPS is three times more effective than other vocational approaches in helping people with mental health and substance use disorders find and keep jobs. IPS can help your tribal nation or county by: 

Providing access to more funding
Many services provided using the IPS model can be billed to Medicaid. Some services can be billed to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. IPS sites may also be eligible for grant funding. 

Reducing negative outcomes
Over time, IPS clients have shown a decrease in health issues because they are more likely to practice self-care and increase their preventative health care. Therefore, IPS sites have reported measurable reductions in emergency room visits, psychiatric hospitalization days, arrests, and jail time.

Reducing use of assistance programs
IPS gets people working. Gainfully employed people are less likely to rely on unemployment benefits and other public assistance programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. 

Improving the quality of life for many populations
IPS is not just for people with mental health and substance use disorders. The IPS model can work with other populations, such as people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and veterans.

How IPS works for tribal nations and counties

Once IPS is successfully implemented in your community, you will receive ongoing support from the IPS Wisconsin team. Continuing support helps to ensure high-quality services are delivered by every organization using the IPS. Tribal nations and counties offering services using the IPS model are required to:

  • Establish a steering committee and set implementation goals.
  • Meet with state trainers on an ongoing basis.
  • Provide services in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Bring IPS to your tribal nation or county

IPS is expanding across Wisconsin. The IPS Wisconsin team makes implementing the IPS model easy. They will guide counties and tribes through every step of the process.


Wisconsin IPS Learning Collaborative

IPS is all about working together. That's what the Wisconsin IPS Learning Collaborative is all about. The learning collaborative brings together people using the IPS model across the state to share ideas on how to serve people better.

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Last revised February 4, 2023