Minnesota: Governor Pushes Funding for Job Program to Help People with Disabilities
Governor Mark Dayton is lobbying the state legislature for a reconciled budget to add a new $5 million allocation for a program that will help people with disabilities find jobs and assist people with mental illness with housing to avoid homelessness. People with disabilities in Minnesota may access integrated employment and mental health supports through Individual Placement & Support Services Program (IPS), which is funded through the state Department of Human Services. The IPS program was originally established in the state in 1987 to provide targeted employment services to people with mental illness while reducing unemployment and increasing community inclusion. Program participants receive work incentives planning assistance, continuous job supports, and coordinated care between employment services and mental health treatment providers, with competitive integrated employment as the overall goal.