Vocational Rehabilitation - Mental Health Agency Partnership:


State Policies & Initiatives: 

The Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and the Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) have been collaborating to provide supported employment (SE) services and supports to individuals with mental illness (MI) for several years in an intensive fashion. In 2006-2007, the partnership intended to jointly implement Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Supported Employment (SE) programs in the 4 service areas of the state as part of the Johnson and Johnson – Dartmouth Community Mental Health Program. For a variety of reasons, this partnership ended before full implementation. Subsequently DVR contracted with the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston to assist DSAMH and DVR in building on that start using braided funding from the two agencies. Since that time DVR has continued to build up the employment system for MH clients in DE and has been the primary intervention agent for this change. This represents an assertive approach that an SVRA can take to encourage, promote, fund, and advocate for its MH system partner to create more employment opportunities for joint clients.

  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Dartmouth Community Mental Health Program the University of Massachusetts Boston