Enhancing Community Mental Health Services Through Formal Partnerships With Supported Employment Providers
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To argue that public-funded mental health services can provide better value for the community by becoming more recovery and social inclusion oriented. One way to achieve this is to implement evidence-based practices in supported employment by integrating employment services with community-based treatment and care. One of the necessary changes that this approach involves is close integration between continuing mental health treatment and care and supported employment services. The implementation of 12 formal partnerships was observed qualitatively over a 3-year period. Research and service delivery staff at all 12 sites contributed information about the supporting factors and challenges encountered in establishing formal partnerships between existing supported employment services and local community mental health teams. A range of supporting factors and implementation challenges were identified during the establishment of 12 such formal partnerships. These results suggest that formal partnerships could be established more rapidly and more sustainably if these potential issues are anticipated and addressed. Formal partnerships between community mental health service teams and supported employment providers can be successfully established in Australia. Although they may be more challenging to implement than the alternative direct employment method, successful formal partnerships promise to improve the value to the wider community of public-funded mental health services.
American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation
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