People with behavioral health needs can and do participate in the labor force. With the right supports, they can succeed in the workplace, and enjoy both the economic and the social benefits of employment. The key to helping people with lived experience to move into the workforce is Supported Employment, a system that empowers consumers to find and keep competitive, well-paying jobs in integrated settings.
In the latest Focus, CAFE TAC lists the components that a quality Supported Employment program should include. We also examine new evidence that shows that Supported Employment has lasting positive benefits. By abandoning the false assumption that people with behavioral health needs are permanently disabled and cannot work, and embracing recovery-based Supported Employment, the mental health system can save money, empower people, and deliver better outcomes. Read about it in our latest Focus!