Agencies’ employment services proposal one of two awarded statewide
Marion, IN – Grant-Blackford Mental Health, in partnership with Carey Services, has been awarded a grant from the Indiana Department of Mental Health and Addiction to launch an innovative program designed to help people with mental health challenges find and retain community-integrated employment. The GBMH-Carey Services partnership was one of two proposals selected to help DMHA introduce the Individualized Placement Support model to Indiana. IPS is a supported employment model designed to help people with mental health challenges find an appropriate job and retain the job long term with the help of a support team. The $100,000 DMHA grant begins Oct. 1 and continues for 17 months. Local GBMH and Carey Services staff will collaboratively work to support program participants in many daily living activities that promote independent living and community integration. It considers employment a mental health intervention that helps improve a person’s quality of life.
“We’re extremely excited to have DMHA endorse our collaborative approach to meeting the needs of people we serve and fund our proposal,” said Dr. Marianne DiMatteo, GBMH chief executive
officer. “This award showcases the exciting ways organizations in Grant County work together to best serve the most vulnerable individuals in our local communities by combining our expertise and efficiently sharing resources.”
The agencies’ proposal calls for a Carey Services employment specialist to be embedded in a Grant-Blackford Mental Health team that supports people with significant mental health challenges living in the community. The GBMH team will support individuals’ mental health needs while the Carey Services’ staff member will work within that team structure to help individuals prepare for, find, and maintain a job.
“The Carey Services team is excited to engage in this partnership with the team from Grant Blackford Mental Health to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities in and around Grant County,” said Jim Allbaugh, president and CEO of Carey Services. “We can’t wait to dig in with this pilot, unique partnership, and initiative.”
The grant award will provide specific IPS training to the team and will require extensive data reporting on results. According to a DMHA media release, this grant award is the result of a unique collaboration between DMHA, the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, and the Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning working toward the common goal to increase competitive integrated employment for individuals with mental health diagnoses. Indiana has a long-term goal of increasing the number of CMHCs that provide IPS. These early adopter CMHCs will provide feedback to the state on local implementation, which will inform systemic alignment of policy and the braiding and sequencing of funding to support a widespread IPS implementation long-term.