“DES Spotlight: Mental Health Disorders and Job Placement Through Vocational Rehabilitation”


State Policies & Initiatives: 
Systems-Change Funding

~~“According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness(link is external), approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year and approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.

There are those who suffer from psychiatric issues every day, yet still function in society and even manage to hold down jobs. Studies have suggested that of 25 chronic physical and mental issues, depression has the most financial impact on employers, even outweighing medical and pharmacy costs for employees.

As one of the State's largest agencies, the Department of Economic Security (DES) serves approximately 2.2 million people a year, with job services being a major component. One of the ways DES can assist those with mental health disorders, particularly those applying for jobs, is by simply trying to understand life from their perspective”

  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Mental Health
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