JRRD at a Glance

Dissemination of supported employment in Department of Veterans Affairs

Sandra G . Resnick, PhD; Robert Rosenheck, MD

Figure. National supported employment (SE) fidelity scale scores over time.

A number of effective programs for people with severe mental illnesses (such as schizophrenia) exist and are supported by significant scientific evidence. However, many of these programs are not commonly used in the mental health care system and researchers and policy makers do not always know the best ways to help staff at mental health agencies learn and adopt these programs. In 2004, the Veterans Health Administration began a national project to train staff at its facilities to learn and practice supported employment, a program that helps people with severe mental illness work in the community. This article describes this training project and a parallel research study that is being conducted to help identify how best to train clinicians to learn new practices.

Volume 44 Number 6, 2007
Pages 867 — 878

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