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1 June 22, 2007 Susan Parker, MSW, MSP Director of Policy and Research Office of Disability Employment Policy United States Department of Labor 202.693.7880.

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1 1 June 22, 2007 Susan Parker, MSW, MSP Director of Policy and Research Office of Disability Employment Policy United States Department of Labor Mental Health and Employment: ODEP as Coordinator and Innovator

2 2 Mental Health and Employment: The Changing Landscape Traditional employment model = job training followed by job placement Traditional employment model = job training followed by job placement Modern employment model = job placement followed by on- the-job skills training Modern employment model = job placement followed by on- the-job skills training

3 3 Specific recommendations on the critical role employment plays in the recovery and community participation of people with psychiatric disabilities and mental health needs. New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, 2003 Report

4 4 Employment Statistics In 2005, the employment rate of working-age (21-64) people was: In 2005, the employment rate of working-age (21-64) people was: No Disability = 78.3% Any Disability = 38.1% Mental Disability = 29% From the 2005 Status Report on Employment for the United States (using data from 2005 American Community Survey)

5 5 Aging working population + Creation of new jobs = Increased demand for qualified employees Reasons for Positive Outlook

6 6 “No level or branch of government, no element of the private sector, can accomplish needed change on its own. To transform mental health care as proposed, collaboration between the private and public sectors and among levels of government is crucial.” President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health Mental Health Transformation needs Collaboration and Coordination

7 7 ODEP as Coordinator Federal Partners in Mental Health Transformation – Employment Work Group & Department of Labor Mental Health Work Group

8 8 Employment Work Group  Formed in 2006 under SAMHSA  Role: to carry out activities related to employment as an integral part of individual recovery from mental illness and as part of the transformation of mental health systems.

9 9 Employment Work Group   Six Federal Partner Departments (DOL, ED, VA, HHS, SSA, DOJ)   Meets monthly   Chaired by ODEP Policy & Research Director   2 Subcommittees   Employment Retention   Returning Service Members with Post- traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury

10 10 Employment Work Group 2007 Action Plan  Identify specific barriers;  Develop new resources, and publicize and disseminate existing resources and effective practices;  Cross-agency “speakers bureau”;  Federal hiring authorities;  “Business case” for hiring and retaining individuals with mental illness; and  Hiring by private employers.

11 11 DOL Mental Health Work Group  Six DOL agencies (ODEP, VETS, ETA, CRC, OASP, CFCI), 15 offices  Meets monthly  Chaired by ODEP Policy & Research Director

12 12 Activities:  Identification and filling of mental health practice knowledge gaps in DOL agencies  Integrate mental health into program areas that involve more than one agency (e.g., homelessness)  Update members on mental-health related activities  Share ideas for incorporating mental health into workshops and trainings  Bring in experts on mental health and employment  Strategize on publications, policies and programs that benefit both individuals with mental health needs and the business community DOL Mental Health Work Group

13 13 ODEP as Innovator Returning Service Members with Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (through Employment Supports Team)  PTSD/TBI = large % of OEF/OIF Vets  employment especially helpful in recovery  customized employment is key  Balboa Training Curriculum and REALifelines

14 14 Employment Retention (through Employment Supports Team)  Exploring opportunities in the workforce system to help individuals obtain and retain jobs  ODEP/DOJ Retention Study for ex-offenders, focusing on those with MH concerns (much of which will be applicable to those with MH concerns generally) ODEP as Innovator

15 15 Employer Team  Using Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) to address mental health needs of younger workers  Mental health benefits and parity in Federal health benefits plans  Mental health friendly workplaces  Mental Health Month – May 2007 ODEP as Innovator

16 16 Mental Health Month – May 2007  ODEP & Office of WorkLife and Benefits Programs  Congress’s 54 th annual proclamation of May as Mental Health Month  DOL events = every Wednesday in May  “Mind your health”  Live Presentations and Fairs ODEP as Innovator

17 17 Adult Team   Customized employment strategies (including self-employment and microenterprise development)  Development of guidance on self- employment for front-line staff in One-Stop Career Centers ODEP as Innovator

18 18 ODEP as Innovator Youth Team  “Entering the World of Work: What Youth with Mental Health Needs should Know about Accommodations”  “Tunnels and Cliffs: A Guide for Workforce Development Practitioners and Policymakers serving Youth with Mental Health Needs”  Research Documenting Promising Practices for Youth with Mental Health Needs  Youth Leadership and Development Summit


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