This paper describes the implementation and preliminary results of a supported education programme designed to complement a youth-oriented supported employment programme. Method: The programme was delivered by occupational therapists employed by a community mental health service in the Hunter New England region, New South Wales, Australia. Twenty mental health service users were assisted with their course of study over an 18-month period. Results: Education outcomes were promising, with 70% of service users either continuing or completing their chosen course of formal study. The education support provided was modelled on the Individual Placement and Support approach to supported employment. Conclusion: Occupational therapists working in public mental health can use this promising approach to supplement supported employment programmes, which should also be closely coordinated with the mental health service.
British Journal of Occupational Therapy Vol. 73, Issue 10, p. 481-486