Montgomery, Alabama
MAMHA - Montgomery County
Full time
1st Shift




TITLE:                                  IPS Supportive Employment Specialists


CLASSIFICATION:             Mental Health Specialist I


SALARY RANGE:              $27,239.00 - $41,447.00


SUPERVISOR:                     IPS Supervisor




This is responsible professional work as a direct services provider to a limited target population, to include treatment, rehabilitation and support to persons considered to be chronically mentally ill. Implementing  the services of the IPS/ Supported Employment program by assisting consumers obtain and maintain employment that is consistent with their vocational goals.




Engages consumers of competitive employment in community job settings with individuals without psychiatric disabilities.


Assists consumers in obtaining information about their benefits and how they will be affected by employment in order for consumers to make good decisions about employment opportunities and refers consumers to benefits counseling, as needed.


Assesses consumers’ vocational functioning on an ongoing basis utilizing background information and work experiences.


Provides education and support to family members, with client’s permission.


Discusses consumer’s preference for disclosure of psychiatric status to employers.


Conducts job development and job search activities directed toward positions that are individualized to the interests and uniqueness of consumers, following the principles and procedures of supported employment.


Conducts a minimum of six employer contacts per week which are designed to learn about the needs of the business, describe supports offered by the program and describe consumer strengths that are relevant to the position.


Provides individualized follow-along supports to assist consumers in maintaining employment.



IPS Supported Employment Specialist


Provides education and supports to employers as agreed upon by consumers that may include negotiating job accommodations and follow-along contact with the employer.


Utilizes a variety of outreach services as necessary to consumers when they appear to disengage from the service.


 Attends weekly meeting with mental health treatment team and communicates individually with team members between meetings in order to coordinate and integrate vocational services into mental health treatment.


Has at least monthly face to face meeting with vocational rehabilitation counselors to coordinate services for consumers.


Develops an individual employment plan with the consumer, mental health worker and other treatment team providers, which is updated quarterly.


Develops job support plan with the consumer using input from the consumer, mental health workers, family members, past employment experiences and information about current job.


Spends 65% or more of scheduled work hours in the community (meets consumers at community locations such as home, workplace, VRS/Vocational Rehabilitation Services, or any location agreeable to the consumer; takes consumer to apply for jobs, investigates vocational and educational opportunities based on consumer needs, etc.).


Provides supported education using principles similar to supported employment for consumers who express interest in education to advance their employment goals.


Participates in weekly IPS Supported Employment Program supervisory meetings following the supported employment model in which strategies are identified and job leads are shared.


Promotes IPS Supported Employment Program to all MAMHA programs for consumer referrals to the program.


Maintains a caseload not to exceed 20 consumers.


Is responsible for a minimum of 12 number of job starts per year or maintaining 62% employment on caseload.



IPS Supported Employment Specialist


Provides timely documentation that meets requirements of various funding sources (DMH/Department of Mental Health, Vocational Rehabilitation, Medicaid, etc.).

Provides coverage for other IPS Supported Employment Specialist when needed.


Participates in presentations to MAMHA staff related to the IPS Supported Employment Program on an at least bi-annual basis.




Knowledge of psychiatric disorders in the adult population.


Knowledge cultural diversity


Knowledge of behavior management, crisis intervention, and interventions common to acute psychiatric consumers; as well as, to non-violent crisis intervention practices.


Knowledge of psychiatric rehabilitation principles.


Knowledge of available community employment resources,


Knowledge of educational methods appropriate to adults with psychiatric disorders


Knowledge of the use and side effects of psychotropic medication.




Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science or related field from a recognized college or university.  Some experience in mental health, social services, or business preferred.  Must meet requirements of Medicaid for approved Medicaid Provider Status.


Experience providing employment services, and knowledge of the work world are preferred. Ability to work as an effective team player is essential.


Experience working with people with serious mental illness, providing employment services and knowledge of the work world preferred.


Must hold a driver's license valid in Alabama and maintain a driving record that is acceptable to the Authority's insurance carrier. Must maintain liability coverage on personal vehicles. Must hold and maintain current Red Cross First Aid and CPI Training. 



June 2017