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Individual Placement & Support Recovery is Work. Work is Recovery!

Goal of IPS

Our goal is to empower and support individuals with mental illness in attaining and maintain sustained competitive employment with as much or as little support as needed.


What We Do

The IPS Supported Employment Program is an evidenced based model, that helps people with serious mental illness work in regular hobs within their communities, based on their work preferences.  The IPS team collaborates with other treatment teams to assist with provision of services.

  • Placement is based on the individual’s interests, work experience, strengths, skills, employment goas and needs.
  • Placements and continued support services are implemented as integrated with a full treatment team to include: Vocational Rehabilitation counselors, Therapist and Nurses.

Our Impact


Why is work important to mental health recovery?

Work is more than a means for material support. It is a major way individuals stay mentally healthy and socially integrated. Especially for people coping with a serious mental illness, employment provides a daily structure and routine, a sense of self, meaningful goals, and opportunities for friendships and social support.

In Alabama, service recipients with lived experience of mental illness have collectively voiced that having a meaningful, stable job is an essential part of mental health recovery².

What is the Alabama Individual Placement and Support – Supported Employment Program (AL-IPS-SEP)?

“IPS” stands for Individual Placement and Support. IPS refers to the evidence-based practice of supported employment specifically targeted to helping people with mental illness work at competitive jobs of their choosing. Education and technical training are included in IPS as ways to advance career paths.

The research demonstrates IPS– Supported Employment is nearly three times more effective in helping people with mental illness to work than other vocational approaches. As of December 2020, there have been 28 independent clinical trials to support the findings1. The collaboration between the Alabama Department of Mental Health and the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services is critical to the successful implementation of the IPS model.

How many individuals enrolled in the program achieved employment?

From March 2015 through September 2020, 188 individuals obtained employment through the IPS-Supported Employment program.

Where are the IPS-Supported Employment programs located in Alabama?

Alabama has three IPS-Supported Employment Teams. AltaPointe Health offers IPS in the Mobile region, Central Alabama Wellness provides IPS in Chilton and Shelby counties, and Montgomery Area Mental Health Authority delivers IPS in the greater Montgomery area. Alabama’s IPS Team configuration includes three dedicated Employment Specialists, a part-time to full-time Certified Peer Specialist(s), and one Certified Benefits Specialist.

How many businesses have partnered with IPS-Supported Employment?

Employers who hire people with a mental health diagnosis report good attendance, punctuality, as well as motivation, good work and job tenure on par with other employees. As of FY 2020, 263, and counting, Alabama businesses provided employment opportunities to IPS program participants within Montgomery, Mobile, Chilton, and Shelby counties.

1 – 2020. Westat. Twenty-eight Randomized Trials.

2 – Alabama Department of Mental Health. Alabama Direction Council. 2007. White Paper.

Contact Us

Interested in learning more about IPS services or becoming an employer partner?  Contact us today and we would happy to assist.  You can fill out the contact form located to the right or give us a call between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM CST.  Ask the operator to speak with an IPS representative. 


2140 Upper Wetumpka Road
Montgomery, AL 36107