Supported Employment Individual Placement and Supports (IPS) Program


Employment is a major contributor to meaningful recovery. Multnomah County's EASA supported employment program has had tremendous success helping young people get jobs in the community. Our aim is to connect more EASA clients to employment opportunities year after year.  In 2017 an average of 64% of IPS Supported Employment clients were employed, representing a 27% increase from 2016.

Two Supported Employment Specialists provide direct assistance to clients in all phases of their job search, attainment and retention process with a focus on honoring client preference. EASA implements the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model, which is an evidence-based approach to help people who are recovering from mental illness to obtain and retain meaningful employment in the community. Click on the link to find out more about the Supported Employment principles that guide how we assist young people.

Another important role of the Supported Employment Specialist is to develop relationships with potential employers and to foster these relationships through frequent contact and communication of staffing needs and education on the strengths that our clients bring to the workforce. In 2017 our team made over 450  employer contacts in our community.  Our goal is to help our clients become employed and to help employers search for hard working and motivated employees. If you are an employer or know of an employer who would benefit from these connections, call Alexandra Rieman at (503) 313-0084 or Tosha Bock at (971) 804-1243.

Brochure (Employers) (254.27 KB)

Supported Employment Brochure (clients) (770.19 KB)