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Mission & Vision

We are dedicated to employment for people with mental health conditions. We believe that employment contributes to recovery. A recovery-oriented mental health system must address the employment goals and employment support needs of the people it serves. We believe that people with mental health conditions, families, and professionals all have a role to play in successful and satisfying employment outcomes. 

IEI offers content expertise in evidence-based practices and implementation support. We provide consultation services/training and implementation support for professionals, providers, and organizations in order to improve their employment and educational goals.



Our Story


• IEI was established through funding from The Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) in 2001 within the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions at Rutgers University (formerly UMDNJ). The goal of IEI is to increase employment among people with mental health conditions. IEI provides customized training and consultation to mental health organizations, hands-on training and mentorship to individual providers and consumers, didactic training to groups, and facilitates communities of practice in several modalities.

• IEI is comprised of faculty with a combined total of more than 50 years of direct career service experience and more than 80 years of experience providing training and consultation in career service provision.

• Since its inception, IEI has provided training and consultation on career services to more than 20,000 practitioners and consumers in numerous states including New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, South Carolina, Delaware, California, and others as well as providing workshops throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

• IEI has provided career services training and consultation to a wide variety of program modalities including Supported Employment, Supported Education, partial care, Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), housing, jail diversion, substance abuse disorders, Veteran Administration programs, Housing First, peer run programs and others. Additionally, IEI faculty conduct research related to employment of people with mental health conditions and are regularly published in peer reviewed journals.