IPS: Mental Health Providers

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A win-win for mental health providers

IPS works best when mental health providers are involved. IPS can help mental health providers by:

Saving money

  • A 10-year follow-up study of clients with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders found an average annual savings of $16,000 per client in treatment costs for steady workers, compared to clients who remained unemployed. 
  • Agencies that converted their day treatment programs to IPS have reduced service costs by 29%. 

Delivering better 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. 

Providing stability for clients

People who obtain a job with IPS services become steady workers and stay in their jobs longer. When working, people with mental health and substance use disorders feel better about themselves and their job role improves their self-esteem and life satisfaction.

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. IPS Wisconsin only focuses on supporting people with mental health and substance use disorders. 


How IPS works for mental health providers

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. Mental health providers offering services using the IPS model are required to:

  • Participate in a steering committee to set implementation goals.
  • Meet with state trainers as needed for technical assistance and training. 
  • Attend the annual IPS Wisconsin conference.
  • Develop an understanding that work has value in recovery and that is a key part of treatment planning and overall wellness. 
  • Partner with counselors and employment specialists from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to provide services.
  • Participate in ongoing fidelity reviews.

Bring IPS to your community

IPS is expanding across Wisconsin. If IPS is not available in your community, you can talk to the managers of your county or tribal mental health agency and ask them to implement IPS. 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: July 31, 2022