Mental health disorders are on the list of the most common causes of work incapacity. High-quality psychiatric vocational rehabilitation services are one of the central development targets of social policy.

The Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model is a psychiatric vocational rehabilitation program. It supports people with mental health problems in getting and keeping jobs in the open labour market. The model belongs to a limited number of evidence-based practices (EBPs) in vocational rehabilitation.

The IPS model has not established itself as a national policy in Finland, despite its inherent appeal as an evidence-based practice.

In this study, we look at the implementation and implementation of the model from the perspective of institutional structures, especially health insurance and health care institutions. We examine institutional structures as factors influencing the implementation of IPS.

The research produces concrete results that serve the development of social insurance and mental health rehabilitation. The results help to develop the IPS model as a national practice in mental health rehabilitation. The results describe the conditions for expanding the IPS-type service in the field of vocational rehabilitation (e.g. Kela’s rehabilitation services). In addition, the project results produce information about implementing evidence-based practices in psychiatric and vocational rehabilitation.

The project is funded by Kansaneläkelaitos for the period 11/2021-10/2023