UMMS Affiliation

Department of Psychiatry, Center for Mental Health Services Research; Center for Health Policy and Research

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Book Chapter


Veterans; Veterans Health; Mental Health Services; Vocational Education; Employment, Supported; Rehabilitation, Vocational


Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology


Chapter Summary: Veterans with co-occurring disorders can and do want to work. Additionally, many may wish to further their education. Though barriers to these achievements can be formidable, there are several VA programs that can be accessed to promote Veteran employment, including VetSuccess and Supported Employment. Community supports include One-Stop Career Centers. The unique challenges to employment have been successfully addressed by the principles and practices of the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model developed by the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center. These principles and practices, adapted from a published guide on supported employment, are listed and described in this chapter (Swanson, Becker, Drake, & Merrens, 2008). They include competitive integrated employment in the community based on Veteran preference, rapid job entry, unlimited and varying intensity of support on the job, and integration with a clinical team.


Ellison, ML., Drebing, C., Mueller, L., Delman, J., Mistler,L. ( 2011). Vocational and Educational Supports for Veterans. In D. Smelson, L. Sawh, V. Kane, J. Kuhn, D. Zeidonis (Eds.) The MISSION-VET Treatment Manual. Veterans Health Administration, Bedford, MA, p. 70-76.

Journal/Book/Conference Title

The MISSION-VET Treatment Manual