Services at Trilogy: Employment

Trilogy Chicago Employment Services

Trilogy is a learning partner in the Johnson & Johnson – Dartmouth Community Mental Health Program, also called the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) supported employment learning collaborative. The IPS model for supported employment is the most progressive, evidence-based model to be offered to individuals with serious and persistent mental illness. In 2013, Trilogy received the highest fidelity score in the history of the State of Illinois for our Supported Employment Program.

Work is an important factor in most of our lives, and this is no different for people who have a mental illness. Trilogy’s Supported Employment Program provides people with severe mental illness with direct placement in jobs in competitive, real-world settings with accompanying on-site and as-needed support services, which are designed to help individuals perform their job.

Unlike more traditional approaches, supported employment programs use a rapid job search and placement approach to help recipients obtain jobs directly, rather than providing them with pre-employment vocational experiences.

Importantly, staff and recipients find individualized job placements based on recipient preferences, strengths, and work experiences. An important feature of supported employment is equitable compensation: wages and benefits must be the same as other workers in similar jobs receive. Supported employment provides opportunities for individuals to foster independence via gainful employment.

Our Employment Specialists (ES) identify and build relationships with community-based employers and worksites to develop job placements and settings identified by the clients. The ES works to assist clients in finding and holding a job in the community. The ES may serve as a job coach, supporting clients through the process of searching for and adjusting to employment.

The program assists a wide-range of people, from those who have never worked and may need the entire continuum of training and support, to those who have extensive prior work histories and require minimum support to return to the workforce.