IPS/Peer Support Intervention in the DTES

IPS/Peer Support Intervention in the DTES

Individual placement support (IPS) is an evidence-based supported employment model for people with severe mental illness, designed to achieve employment in mainstream competitive jobs, either part-time or full-time. The aim of this study is to assess the (i) effectiveness of embedding the (IPS)/Peer Support intervention as part of the primary care centre in securing employment of adults living in the downtown eastside in comparison to the usual treatment WorkBC (control group). (ii) effectiveness of IPS/Peer Support versus the usual treatment (WorkBC) in improving mental illness, quality of life and personal recovery through participation in employment.

No pharmaceutical medication involved
Patients and healthy individuals accepted

Behavioral - IPS/SP

The 72 recruited clients receiving primary care services from one DTES clinical site who are employment ready will be randomly assigned to IPS and Peer Support (experimental group) or WorkBC control group

Behavioral - WorkBC

36 out of the 72 participants who live in the DTES will be randomly assigned to the control group (WorkBC). Participants will be provided with WorkBC employment services.

Optimizing the Employment Outcomes for People Living in the Downtown Eastside