Implementation of Individual Placement and Support in Italy: The Reggio Emilia Experience

Lorenzo Pelizza, Maria Lorena Ficarelli, Elisabetta Vignali, Simona Artoni, Maria Cristina Franzini, Serenella Montanaro, Maria Vittoria Andreoli, Sara Marangoni, Elizabeth Ciampà, Diana Erlicher, Elisa Troisi, Simona Pupo, Angelo Fioritti

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Individual placement and support (IPS) is an evidence-based intervention helping people with mental illness to obtain competitive jobs. In the last decade, European mental health leaders were interested on its implementation. Aim of the study was to assess the IPS feasibility in Italian patients with moderate-to-severe mental illness. To date, no evaluation of IPS has been conducted exclusively in Italy. Participants (n = 95) were clients of community mental health centers of the Reggio Emilia Department of Mental Health. In addition to drop-out rates, we calculated job acquisition, job duration, and total hours per week worked. A crude competitive employment rate of 41.1% and a crude drop-out rate of 30.5% were found over 42-month follow-up period. Using a Kaplan-Meyer survival analysis, the cumulative employment rate increased up to 44% at 12 months and 61% both at 24 and 42 months. This study documents the feasibility of an implementation strategy for introducing the IPS model in the public mental health care system in Italy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1128-1138
Number of pages11
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020
Externally publishedYes


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