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A Ten-Year Follow-Up of a Supported Employment Program (Salyers et al. 2004)

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Salyers, Michelle P, Becker, DR, Drake RE, Torrey WC, and Wyzick PF (2004). A Ten-Year Follow-Up of a Supported Employment Program. Psychiatric Services, 55(3), 302–308.


  • The objective of this study was to examine the outcomes of supported employment 10 years after an initial demonstration project. Authors interviewed 36 of 62 clients who had participated in 1990 or 1992 in a supported employment program at one of two mental health centers located in rural areas.
  • Although few of the 36 clients made the transition to full-time employment with health benefits, 75 percent of them worked beyond the initial study period and 35 percent worked during at least 5 years of the 10-year follow-up period. Current and recent jobs tended to be competitive (that is, not reserved for people with disabilities), with an average tenure of 32 months.
  • Clients reported that employment led to substantial benefits in diverse areas, such as improvements in self-esteem, hope, relationships, and control of substance abuse.

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December 2014