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Learn about how organizations that provide employment services to individuals with substance use disorder responded to the COVID-19 crisis.

Get the latest updates on sites, publications, and the impact of COVID-19 in employment programs from the Building Evidence on Employment Strategies for Low-income Families Project, or BEES, in this newsletter.

This paper examines the impetus and existing evidence on programs that integrate employment services with treatment and recovery services for people with opioid and other substance use disorders (SUDs). It includes an overview of the nature and recent history of SUDs and their treatment, including the important role that employment can play in recovery, and discusses the factors that historically limited the role of employment services in treatment programs. It also provides a brief review of the limited but promising evidence on the effectiveness of integrating substance use disorder treatment and employment services in improving participants’ employment outcomes.

This paper describes the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model, a framework for providing employment services to those facing barriers to work.

BEES News and Updates - May 2020

What are the best strategies to help low-income individuals find jobs?
May 20, 2020

The Building Evidence on Employment Strategies for Low-Income Families Project (BEES) project strengthens ACF’s understanding of effective interventions aimed at supporting low-income individuals to find jobs, advance in the labor market, and improve their economic security. Read the May 2020 newsletter.

Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is a model for helping people who have serious mental illness find employment. There is a good deal of evidence showing the model’s success, but less is known about the model’s effectiveness with those who have other types of disabilities and health conditions, such as physical disabilities or less severe types of mental illness...

The Breaking Barriers program, based in San Diego, California, provided employment services to lower-income individuals with disabilities. 

MDRC carried out a random assignment impact evaluation of the program, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, in order to assess the effectiveness of the program at improving employment outcomes for program participants. Findings from that evaluation Visit disclaimer page were released in September 2019...