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This conference provides a unique venue for the exchange of ideas and
information across all sectors working with persons with behavioral
health conditions with regard to:
1 . Financing employment services, Foundational Community Supports
(FCS) Medicaid Transformation, managed care, and pilot projects from
2 . Educating the workforce on the evidence-based practice Individual
Placement and Support (IPS) and building a learning collaborative with
a focus of continuous quality improvement.
3 . Expanding FCS services for Washington residents who have the
greatest and most immediate needs.
4 . Cross Systems collaboration: Department of Vocational
Rehabilitation, Community Service Organizations (CSO), Manage Care,
Supportive Housing providers, Workforce Development, and Tribal VR.
5 . Culture change to include employment as a recovery-oriented
outcome and social determent of health.
Individuals living with behavioral health conditions constitute a
hidden workforce; one that is often overlooked. Stigma related to
behavioral health conditions, often prevents individuals from
seeking professional help. The unemployment rate for individuals
with a behavioral health conditions is more than 80 percent. The
intent of this conference is to learn ways to decrease stigma and
increase employment for individuals living with behavioral health