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Office of Mental Health

Supported Employment Services

Employment is Recovery

OMH funds several employment programs that help people develop the skills they need to attain and sustain competitive, integrated employment. These programs support adults (18+) with Serious Mental Illness through non-Medicaid state funding.

We offer guidance and resources for providers of

  • Affirmative Business/Industry and Transformed Business Model
  • Transitional Employment Placement
  • Assisted Competitive Employment
  • Ongoing Integrated Employment Supports
  • Work Programs

For more information, contact the OMH Rehabilitation Services Unit.


Guidance for State Aid Funded Employment Programs (June 2023)

Individual Placement and Support (IPS)

IPS is an evidence-based model of supported employment for people with serious mental illness. IPS helps people living with behavioral health conditions work at regular jobs of their choosing. To learn more, visit the IPS Employment Center's website Leaving OMH site.

All behavioral health programs across NYS may access three online staff training modules focusing on IPS. The Center for Practice Innovations (CPI) Leaving OMH site supports OMH’s mission to promote the widespread availability of evidence-based practices to improve mental health services.

OMH Guide for Employment Specialists

This guide identifies resources available to those who provide supported employment services in New York State. Download the Guide Leaving OMH site.

New York Employment Services System (NYESS)

NYESS is a comprehensive employment system that serves as a single point to access all employment-related services and supports. Employment providers should visit the NYESS website Leaving OMH site for more information.