Supported Employment for People with Co-Occurring Disorders


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Abstract

Research shows that people with dual disorders (i.e., a co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorder) are successful in supported employment programs and that employment can be a crucial step in their recovery. Based on experience observing supported employment services for 15 years, we propose practice guidelines for people with dual disorders. Successful programs share several approaches: 1) encourage employment, 2) understand substance abuse as part of the vocational profile, 3) find a job that supports recovery, 4) help with money management, and 5) use a team approach to integrate mental health, substance abuse, and vocational services.

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