The Individual Placement and Support Vocational Program (IPS) is based on the belief that every person with a severe mental illness is capable of working competitively in the community if the right kind of job and work environment can be found.

An employment specialist can:

  • Work closely with your treatment/support system.
  • Provide assistance with seeing how work can impact your benefits.
  • Explore different work environments.
  • Identify your personal preferences with your work wants and needs.
  • Begin a rapid job search.
  • Identify job leads.
  • Support you during the interview process.
  • Support you once you get the job.
  • Identify work-related challenges or conflicts on the job.
  • Provide time-unlimited supports.

IPS services are based in Madison and St. Clair Counties Illinois.