At the request of the New York State Office of Mental Health, the Center for Practice Innovations (CPI) offers training and support to PROS programs across New York State to bring consumers the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) approach to supported employment. Because of the high rates of employment attained by consumers participating in high-fidelity IPS programs across the country, IPS has become the gold standard for supported employment.
The Center for Practice Innovations makes regional learning collaboratives available to all PROS programs. PROS program leaders, supervisors and employment staff and in each region meet on a regular basis -- through online meetings, webinars, conference calls and face-to-face training events. In addition, CPI provides on-site technical assistance to each program involved in our learning collaboratives.
Meetings for program leaders focus on developing practical implementation strategies that include ways to sustain the IPS practice over time. Meetings for employment staff focus on training and coaching in the specific skills required to help consumers find competitive employment.
All behavioral health programs across NYS have access to two online training modules focusing on IPS, through CPI’s learning management system (“CPI Learning Community”): “Individual Placement and Support” provides a comprehensive overview of the principles and practices of IPS, and “IPS Job Development” focuses specifically on this important practitioner skill set.