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Mental Health and Employment: ODEP as Coordinator and Innovator. 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 www.dol.gov/odep.

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June 22 2007 susan parker msw msp director of policy and research

Mental Health and Employment:

ODEP as

Coordinator and Innovator

June 22, 2007

Susan Parker, MSW, MSP

Director of Policy and Research

Office of Disability Employment PolicyUnited States Department of Labor

202.693.7880

www.dol.gov/odep


Mental health and employment the changing landscape

Mental Health and Employment: The Changing Landscape

  • Traditional employment model = job training followed by job placement

  • Modern employment model = job placement followed by on-the-job skills training


June 22 2007 susan parker msw msp director of policy and research

New Freedom Commission on Mental Health,2003 Report

Specific recommendations on the critical role employment plays in the recovery and community participation of people with psychiatric disabilities and mental health needs.


June 22 2007 susan parker msw msp director of policy and research

Employment Statistics

  • 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)


June 22 2007 susan parker msw msp director of policy and research

Reasons for Positive Outlook

Aging working population

+

Creation of new jobs

=

Increased demand for qualified employees


June 22 2007 susan parker msw msp director of policy and research

Mental Health Transformation needs Collaboration and Coordination

“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


June 22 2007 susan parker msw msp director of policy and research

ODEP as Coordinator

Federal Partners in Mental Health Transformation – Employment Work Group

&

Department of Labor Mental Health Work Group


Employment work group

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.


Employment work group1

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


Employment work group2

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.


Dol mental health work group

DOL Mental Health Work Group

  • Six DOL agencies (ODEP, VETS, ETA, CRC, OASP, CFCI), 15 offices

  • Meets monthly

  • Chaired by ODEP Policy & Research Director


June 22 2007 susan parker msw msp director of policy and research

DOL Mental Health Work Group

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


Odep as innovator

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


June 22 2007 susan parker msw msp director of policy and research

ODEP as Innovator

  • 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)


June 22 2007 susan parker msw msp director of policy and research

ODEP as Innovator

  • 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


June 22 2007 susan parker msw msp director of policy and research

ODEP as Innovator

  • 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 innovator1

ODEP as Innovator

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 innovator2

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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