Population: Populations with Barriers to Employment

People with Substance Use Disorders

MDRC evaluates specialized employment programs for individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs) who may also receive public assistance.

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This report documents the experiences of five programs that integrate employment services into treatment and recovery programs for people with substance use disorder. It draws on interviews with managers and direct service staff members to describe the experiences of programs in relation to critical aspects of program design and implementation.


This San Diego–based program provided employment services to jobseekers with low incomes and a range of disabilities and health conditions using the IPS model, originally designed for and used successfully with people with serious mental illness. This practitioner brief presents lessons learned from testing the model with a different group.