UMMS Affiliation

Commonwealth Medicine, Center for Health Policy and Research

Publication Date


Document Type

White Paper


Health Law and Policy | Health Policy | Health Services Administration | Health Services Research | Psychiatry and Psychology | Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling


Outlines policy opportunities that can be leveraged to expand opportunities for people with psychiatric disabilities to successfully obtain and maintain employment, including increased access to career development, supported employment, and critical health services.

The authors’ recommendations include:

  • Develop guidance and incentives for Medicaid coverage of supported employment.
  • Maximize opportunities for access to healthcare made possible by the Affordable Care Act.
  • Continue service innovations focused on educational and career development.
  • Include people with psychiatric disabilities in federal and state employment initiatives.

The authors say there is compelling evidence that people with psychiatric disabilities want to work, but statistics show their employment rate is low. When people are provided with appropriate supports and services, employment is attainable and leads to social inclusion, better health, reductions in public spending, and economic advancement.


Behavioral health, psychiatric disabilities, employment, health care reform, policy development

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Commonwealth Medicine Publications


Client/Partner: Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law



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