News: Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law Report: Advances in Employment Policy for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness
In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is releasing a new report: Advances in Employment Policy for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness.
Despite the desire of most people with psychiatric disabilities to be employed, and despite most having previous work experience, they have among the lowest employment rates in the United States. We have the tools to change that: supported employment services helps even people with the most significant psychiatric disabilities work in competitive, integrated employment. While supported employment services help states comply with the ADA and Olmstead, improve employment rates, and save money, these services are not widely available. Attitudinal barriers, misunderstandings about how work will impact benefits, current provider incentives, and a lack of coordination between agencies have contributed to underuse of these services. In its report, “Advances in Employment Policy for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness,” the Bazelon Center offers recommendations to address these barriers and encourages state mental health agencies to expand supported employment. Read the report in full here: http://bit.ly/BC_SErpt1018