Work as a Priority: A Resource for Employing People Who Have a Serious Mental Illness and Who Are Homeless
This guidebook is intended to provide a foundation, both conceptually and in practice, to increase employment among people who are homeless and have serious mental illness. Topics covered in the guidebook include: background information on what we know so far about employment for people who are homeless and have serious mental illnesses; an orientation to the principles of recovery; summaries of various employment models and approaches developed for people with psychiatric disabilities; personal, program, and system-level challenges to employment for people who are homeless with a serious mental illnesses; and examples from throughout the country of programs that have elevated work to a priority in their agencies as well as key factors to consider when developing employment services for people with serious mental illnesses who are homeless. An overview of employment-related services available through the state Vocational Rehabilitation system, and the implications of right to work legislation for employment of people with disabilities is also presented.
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DHHS Pub. No. SMA 03-3834