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SOAR Webinar: How Working is Promoting Recovery for People with Mental Illness

This webinar, held on July 22, 2015, by the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center featured researchers and trainers from the Dartmouth Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Supported Employment Center.


This webinar featured researchers and trainers from the Dartmouth IPS Supported Employment Center. IPS stands for Individual Placement and Support, the evidence-based approach to supported employment for people living with mental illness. The Dartmouth presenters provided an overview of the IPS model, and shared information on how this model has been effective with supporting individuals experiencing homelessness work competitively in the community.

We also heard from a SOAR program at Columbus House/Pathways to Independence in New Haven, Connecticut, which offers supported employment services to SOAR applicants considering employment.

Attendees learned how to talk to SOAR applicants about the possibilities of work early in their engagement with SOAR applicants who are considering work.


  • Robert E. Drake, M.D., PhD., Director, Dartmouth Psychiatric Center in Lebanon, NH
  • Deborah R. Becker, M.Ed., CRC, Senior Project Director at the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center in Lebanon, NH
  • Thomas Fortuna, Manager, Pathways to Independence at Columbus House in New Haven, CT
  • Carl Reynolds, Employment Services Coordinator, Pathways to Independence at Columbus House in New Haven, CT

Intended Audience

SOAR practitioners, SOAR State and Local Leads, Employment Specialists, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and others who are interested in learning more about employment supports.




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Slide Presentation 2.42 MB