The Integrative Unit Model

In recent years, there has been progress on the development and validation of effective vocational rehabilitation approaches for persons with disabilities. However, despite these advances, the professional literature indicates that the extent of employment mobility (e.g., vocational rehabilitation clubs, sheltered employment and supported employment) among people with psychiatric disabilities is very low, even though most of them want and can work. Furthermore, while supported employment has been shown to significantly improve competitive work outcomes throughout the world, it leads to sustained work in only 25-35% of persons with psychiatric disabilities, with the majority of persons either losing jobs within a few weeks or months after beginning them, or never obtaining competitive work.

The goal of the integrative Unit Model, that was developed and is implemented in Shekulo Tov, is to promote the employment mobility of people with psychiatric disabilities by providing constant and flexible support. According to this model, job applicants are offered a number of options, including vocational rehabilitation, skills development, and training programmes, and are provided with the necessary preparation and ongoing support to measure their vocational progress. The service users, who enjoy continuous professional accompaniment, select their preferred path. In practice, the consumers are offered a number of job-promoting options that s/he can join immediately after signing up for the service: Vocational Rehabilitation, skills development and training programs, preparation, support and accompaniment structures for vocational progress, vocational experience and supported employment services in the free market. Shekulo Tov have dozens of community-based vocational initiatives throughout Israel, allowing participants to move from one position to another as necessary. This gives them a security net such that if for any reason they cannot hold their job in the free labour market, they can immediately return to vocational rehabilitation services.

The key factor for success is free market inclusion based on the skills and will of each service user.

The effectiveness of the Group’s model is systematically evaluated using internal assessment methods.

For more information contact our CRO, Ms. Hagar Alush: hagar@s-tov.org.il