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Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Vocational Rehabilitation Services utilizes the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model to support competitive, community-based employment for individuals. IPS is an evidence-based approach that supports individuals with mental illness to obtain and maintain employment.  IPS specialists work with individuals soon after entering the program to find work.  The goal of the program is for each individual to work as independently as possible and transition off the IPS caseload once the individual is comfortable and successful.  (Becker, et al., 2019)

See testimonials from patients who have benefited from the program.   

Services offered at our main site include:

IPS Employment services focusing on job placement and support

  • Assist client to obtain and maintain employment
  • Assess vocational functioning on an ongoing basis
  • Provide education and support to family members
  • Discuss client’s preference for disclosure of mental illness to employers
  • Conduct job development and job search activities based on the interests and uniqueness of the individual
  • Provide education and individualized follow-along support to assist client in maintaining employment
  • Complete job plan and revise as necessary
  • Employment related workshops

Vocational counselling and assessment

  • The goal of vocational counselling is to identify suitable employment options based on an individual’s personal needs, skills, abilities and experience
  • Vocational assessment is used to assess an individual’s readiness to achieve stated vocational goals
  • Job Development
  • Employment Support and Retention (Ontario Shores is an approved ODSP Service Provider)
  • Return to work planning and support
  • Clinical support to address barriers to employment
  • Referral to community agencies for pre-employment programs, services, and supports
  • Secondary School Education Program (Grove School) for Young Adults (aged 17 - 21 years of age)
Service Access

How to make a referral

Referrals are accepted by self-referral, family, community supports or treatment teams. Referrals for outpatients are accepted through our Central Intake office within the Integrated Community Access Program and inpatients through Meditech ITS.

Toll free: 1.877.767.9642
Fax: 905.430.4000

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Are You an Employer Looking to Hire?

Please call us at (905) 668-5881 ext. 6985
Services Offered:

  • Pre-screened candidates
  • Unlimited job coaching and consultation
  • Free educational workshops to raise mental health awareness in your workplace   


Becker, D. L., Swanson, S. J., Reese, S. L., Bond, G. R., & McLeman, B. M. (2019, December). Fidelity Manual Fourth Edition. Retrieved from IPS Works: https://ipsworks.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Final-Fidelity-Manual-Fourth-Edition-112619.pdf

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