‘With IPS more often, better and longer at work.’

Jaap van Weeghel, professor Rehabilitation, Tranzo, Tilburg University

IPS an evidence-based practice

Practice & Principles

IPS supported employment helps people living with behavioral health conditions work at regular jobs of their choosing. Although variations of supported employment exist, IPS (Individual Placement and Support) refers to the evidence-based practice of supported employment.

Mainstream education and technical training are included as ways to advance career paths.

Characteristics of IPS Supported Employment

* It is an evidence-based practice
* Practitioners focus on each person’s strengths
* Work promotes recovery and wellness
* Practitioners work in collaboration with state vocational rehabilitation counselors
* IPS uses a multidisciplinary team approach
* Services are individualized and last as long as the person needs and wants them
* The IPS approach changes the way mental health services are delivered

Practice Principles of IPS Supported Employment

Gary Bond about IPS

On 6 November 2015 Gary Bond, one of the fathers of IPS-research visited The Netherlands.





  • The IPS Employment Center (Rockville Institute, Lebanon, New Hampshire, VS) is a multidisciplinary team of researchers and trainers who conduct research studies, disseminate findings, prepare training and educational materials, and provide training and consultation services. The focus of the center’s activities is employment for people with serious mental illnesses. The center’s team has defined the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) approach to supported employment. Twenty-four controlled studies from different investigators in different countries show that IPS is an evidence-based practice for helping people with serious mental illness who want to work. In addition to overseeing the IPS learning community, which includes 23 states and 4 other countries, the center provides technical assistance and training to countries, states, regions, and agencies, upon request.