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Assessing Supported Employment With Veterans With Felony Convictions and Mental Illness or Substance Abuse

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
VA Office of Research and Development
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
James P. LePage, North Texas Veterans Healthcare System Identifier:
First received: June 26, 2012
Last updated: March 21, 2016
Last verified: March 2016
This study continues to develop and refine best practices in the delivery of vocational services to veterans with histories of felony convictions and mental health/substance abuse difficulties. There are currently over 225,000 incarcerated veterans and it is estimated 64,000 veterans are released from prisons annually. These veterans encounter significant difficulties in finding employment due to stigma, intrapersonal difficulties, and out-dated work skills. Additionally these veterans are more likely to be homeless than other population., Previous work has found that manual based, vocational groups led by trained vocational staff led to quicker employment compared to traditional vocational services and manual based self studies. To attempt to improve on previous results, this study adds principles and components of supported employment including ongoing follow-up, treatment team coordination, and community based assistance.

Condition Intervention
Other: Group based manualized vocational rehabilitation
Other: Supported Employment Condition

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Assessing Supported Employment With Veterans With Felony Convictions and MI or SA

Further study details as provided by North Texas Veterans Healthcare System:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Employment [ Time Frame: within 6 months ]
    Number of veterans finding work within 6 months

  • Total Employment [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
    Total amount employed over 2 year follow-up period

Estimated Enrollment: 196
Study Start Date: October 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: November 2016
Primary Completion Date: October 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Group Based Vocational Rehabilitation Other: Group based manualized vocational rehabilitation
Group based manualized vocational rehabilitation
Experimental: Supported Employment Condition Other: Supported Employment Condition
Veterans in this condition will receive a proven group based manualized vocational rehabilitation intervention

Detailed Description:
See above

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • history of at least one felony conviction
  • diagnosis of a mental illness including substance use disorders

Exclusion Criteria:

  • dementia
  • active psychosis
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01629953

United States, Texas
VA North Texas Health Care System - Dallas Medical Center
Dallas, Texas, United States, 75216
Sponsors and Collaborators
North Texas Veterans Healthcare System
VA Office of Research and Development
  More Information

Responsible Party: James P. LePage, Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development, North Texas Veterans Healthcare System Identifier: NCT01629953     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: D7635-R
Study First Received: June 26, 2012
Last Updated: March 21, 2016 processed this record on April 28, 2017