Vocational rehabilitation outcomes for individuals with intellectual disabilities and co-occurring psychiatric disorders

Bryan S. Austin, Allison Fleming, Chun Lung Lee, Sukyeong Pi

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Abstract

Competitive, integrated employment for individuals with intellectual disabilities/developmental disabilities (ID/DD) is a national priority. However, individuals with ID and co-occurring psychiatric disorders are given limited attention in the vocational rehabilitation (VR) literature. The current study tested a conceptual model of VR services and client demographic characteristics in relation to competitive employment outcomes using structural equation modeling. A sample was drawn from the Rehabilitation Services Administration 911 dataset (n=3,719; closed cases for Federal Fiscal Year [FY] 2012) for clients with a primary ID and co-occurring secondary psychiatric disorder who received VR services based on their Individualized Plan for Employment. The final model shows job- A nd personal-related VR services to improve competitive employment outcomes. Differences were found based on race/ethnicity, age, and whether Supplemental Security Income and/or Social Security Disability Insurance benefits were received. Implications for VR counseling and research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-23
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation
Volume85
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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