Focus on competitive employment: Agencies providing IPS services are committed to competitive employment as an attainable goal for people with behavioral health conditions seeking employment.

Zero exclusion criteria based on client choice: People are not excluded based on readiness, diagnoses, symptoms, substance use history, psychiatric hospitalizations, homelessness, level of disability, or legal system involvement.
Integration of rehabilitation and mental health services: IPS programs are closely integrated with mental health treatment teams.
Attention to worker preferences: Services are based on each person’s preferences and choices.
Personalized benefits counseling: Employment specialists help people obtain personalized, understandable, and accurate information about their social security, Medicaid, and other government entitlements.
Rapid job search: IPS programs use a rapid job search approach to help job seekers obtain jobs directly, rather than providing lengthy preemployment assessment, training, and counseling.
Systematic job development: Employment specialists systematically visit employers to learn about their business needs and hiring preferences.
Time-unlimited and individualized support: Job supports are individualized and continue for as long as each worker wants and needs the support.

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CEBH offers a wide variety of trainings as well as connection to existing training resources available to behavioral health service providers, stakeholders, and community members.


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Fidelity and Evaluation

The Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health provides fidelity reviews of our practices of focus. A fidelity review is a quality-improvement tool to provide agencies an external evaluation of their practice for the purpose of service enhancement. If you are an IPS team in need of a fidelity review, please see more about our approach to fidelity reviews or contact us to arrange a review with our senior consultants.


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University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Center for Disabilities and Development
100 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242