Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 30, Issue 4, pp 347-362

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Project WINS: Integrating vocational services on mental health case management teams

  • Carol T. MowbrayAffiliated withSchool of Social Work, Wayne State University
  • , Gail Rusilowski-CloverAffiliated withProject WINS
  • , Jama ArnoldAffiliated withProject WINS
  • , Charlie AllenAffiliated withProject WINS
  • , Shirley HarrisAffiliated withKent County Community Mental Health
  • , Nancy McCrohanAffiliated withMichigan State University
  • , Arnie GreenfieldAffiliated withMichigan Dept. of Mental Health

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In an effort to expand employment opportunities available to psychiatric consumers, a research demonstration project was developed to incorporate vocational services into case management teams. Following psychiatric rehabilitation principles, Project WINS employs professionals as Vocational Specialists and consumers as Peer Support Specialists to work with clients and their case managers. This report describes the characteristics of clients eligible for WINS services, the implementation of the program, and the impact of WINS on clients and on the mental health and vocational systems. It also describes the challenges and barriers this innovative service is confronting.