Supported Employment partners discussed in Vienna in the partner meeting May 2nd, 2014 how important it would be to evaluate the long-term effectiveness of supported employment measures. Therefore the publication of a new Swiss study, published June 19th, 2014, is regarded as most interesting for the future activities of the partnership:
Multiple controlled studies have shown that the Individual Placement and Support model of supported employment is more effective than other vocational approaches at improving competitive work over 1-2 years in persons with severe mental illness. The Swiss study done by Universitäre Psychiatrische Dienste Bern (UPD) and the regional government of the Kanton Bern evaluated the longer term effects of Individual Placement and Support compared to traditional vocational rehabilitation over 5 years.
As it was quoted in the study: “Participants in supported employment were more likely to obtain competitive work than in traditional vocational rehabilitation (65% vs. 33%), worked more hours and weeks, earned more wages, and had longer job tenures. Reliance on supported employment services for retaining competitive work decreased from 2 years to 5 years for participants in supported employment. Participants had also significantly fewer psychiatric hospital admissions, and spent fewer days in the hospital than those in traditional vocational rehabilitation. The social return on investment was higher in supported employment participants.”
This study has strong implications for both policy and practice, and she be reviewed carefully by all stakeholders. To read the full report visit link.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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[Project Number: CY-LdV-MULPART-2013-14]