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Let’s Talk Employment
A Guide for Family Members of Individuals in Mental Health Recovery


Who Are We?

Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation is a research, training, and service organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons who have psychiatric disabilities. It was founded nearly 40 years ago by Dr. William Anthony, one of the leading pioneers in psychiatric rehabilitation.

Our work is guided by the most basic of rehabilitation values, first and foremost, that persons with psychiatric disabilities have the same goals and dreams as any other person.

Our mission is to increase the likelihood that they can achieve these goals by using strategies based on the core values of recovery and rehabilitation in order to improve the effectiveness of people, programs, and service systems.

We are deeply grateful to our advisors on this Guide.

Joan Rapp Senior Training Associate and Author of this Guide
  • Advisory Council members for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improved Employment Outcomes. Particular thanks to: Fabricio Balcazar, University of Illinois at Chicago, Center for Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Research; John Connolly, Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation; LaVerne Miller, Policy Research Associates, Joe Marrone, Institute for Community Inclusion and Lou Orslene, Job Accommodation Network.
  • Beena Bhatcar, NAMI New Jersey
  • Majose Carrasco, NAMI Multicultural Action Center
  • Ericka Crankshaw, Boston University Student
  • Diana Douglas, Policy and State Outreach, NAMI National
  • Anita Fisher, NAMI, San Diego
  • Maggie Luo, NAMI, New Jersey
  • Aruna Rao, NAMI New Jersey
  • Maria Elvira Restrepo-Toro, Yale School of Medicine, Program for Recovery and Community Health
  • Florette Willis, NAMI Massachusetts
  • Melanie Yu, Bonner AmeriCorps/ NAMI NJ

“Let’s Talk Employment” was funded by the National Institute of Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, and from the Center for Mental Health Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, United States Department of Health and Human Services (NIDILRR Grant #90RT5029), Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Psychiatric Disabilities (E. Sally Rogers & Marianne Farkas, co-PI’s).

NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this Guide do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.