Three Twin Cities agencies have been awarded a total of 475-thousand dollars in grants to help Minnesotans suffering from mental illness get back to work. It’s through the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) program. Claire Courtney is with the state Department of Employment and Economic Development and says “this is a specific employment approach that integrates employment services into mental health treatment to assist Minnesotans with serious mental illness to go back to competitive or regular integrated employment.” There are currently 24 IPS programs across the state. Courtney says the three agencies awarded the funding also service Greater Minnesota as well.
Grants were awarded to:
Guild Incorporated, St. Paul – $160,979
Goodwill Easter Seals, St. Paul – $153,585
Rise Inc, Minneapolis – $160,436