Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is a collaboration between the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH) and the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department (SCVRD). The goal of this partnership is to place people with severe mental illness in competitive employment. SCVRD and SCDMH provide an integrated and seamless employment service delivery that results in improved patient employment outcomes.

IPS affords those with severe mental illness the opportunity for employment in viable and valid work settings with supportive assistance as needed on-site. Supported employment services facilitate learning and work experience. IPS services are adjusted to the strengths of each person.

Any individual with a mental health disability who has an ambition to work and needs supports is entitled to supported employment services. Supported employment staff take into account the person’s work preference, as well as his or her interests, skills, and preferred work environment. Since 2005, the IPS program has served approximately 500 people annually. IPS is an evidenced-based supported employment best practice model.