RRTC 2009-2014


Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Improved Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities, 2009-2014.

Marianne Farkas, Sc.D.
Co-Principal Investigator

E. Sally Rogers, Sc.D.
Co-Principal Investigator

 

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The RRTC is divided into two components: the Research Program and the Training, Dissemination, and Technical Assistance Program.

Training, Dissemination, and Technical Assistance (TDTA) Program Mission

The mission of the TDTA program is to increase the use of new knowledge and technology in the areas of vocational recovery and vocational psychiatric rehabilitation by an increasing number of consumers, family members, practitioners, service providers, researchers, policy makers, and others and their organizations in order to better assist people with serious psychiatric disabilities in achieving their preferred employment outcomes.

Areas of Concentration

The three primary components of the TDTA Program include 1) delivering general training, dissemination, and short-term technical assistance activities on an ongoing basis over the five-year RRTC funding cycle; 2) implementing TDTA developmental projects; and 3) coordinating with other divisions of the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation to increase the utilization of the results of the RRTC. Based on the established Federal priorities as noted, Training, Dissemination, and Technical Assistance projects are organized into three main areas:

Training Projects by Federal Priorities

1) Employment Interventions and Accommodations

Vocational Peer Support: Developing a training program for Vocational Peer Specialists

2) Employment Interventions for Traditionally Underserved Groups

3) TDTA Activities to Support Partnerships and Use of Research Findings

Improving the Use of Research on Job Accommodations: Using a Knowledge Translation Process

A Modern-Day Learning Community focused on the vision of full employment

Research Program Mission

The mission of the research program of this Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) is to develop and evaluate new knowledge, and based on that new knowledge, to improve employment outcomes for individuals with psychiatric disabilities.

Areas of Concentration

The priorities set forth by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the Center for Mental Health Services (1) in the Federal Registerdirected this RRTC to: 1) improve the models, programs, and interventions that will enable individuals with psychiatric disabilities to obtain, retain, and advance in competitive employment of their choice, and 2) develop projects to increase incorporation of research findings related to employment into practice and policy. RRTC research and training projects are organized into three main areas:

Research Projects by Federal Priorities

1) Employment Interventions and Accommodations

A randomized clinical trial evaluating the incremental efficacy of Vocational Illness Management and Recovery (V-IMR) when compared to Individual Placement and Support (IPS) alone

A randomized clinical trial evaluating the efficacy of a peer- run photovoice-based intervention to empower Caucasians, African Americans and Latinos with psychiatric disabilities to pursue employment

A randomized clinical trial examining the effectiveness of peer-delivered vocational supports

Enhancing employment through a combined supported employment/supported education model: An exploratory study

Vocational Illness Management and Recovery: Developing a training program for providers

Vocational Peer Support: Developing a training program for Vocational Peer Specialists

Vocational Empowerment: Developing a culturally competent peer-run photovoice training program

2) Barriers and Facilitators related to Effective Employment Partnerships

Analysis of the effectiveness of the Northeast Partnership of Medicaid Infrastructure Grants (MIGs) in improving interagency collaboration to promote employment among persons with disabilities

3) Employment Interventions for Traditionally Underserved Groups

A randomized clinical trial evaluating the incremental efficacy of Vocational Illness Management and Recovery (V-IMR) when compared to Individual Placement and Support (IPS) alone

1. Federal Register on July 28, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 143, Page 37202) promulgated by the Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation (NIDRR), in the Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number 84.133B-1.