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Vocational rehabilitation measures for disabled benefit claimants with mental health problems (the so-called ?integration measures?)

Country of implementation
Switzerland
General short description of the innovation
The measures were introduced in 2008 as part of the 5th revision of the federal law on disability insurance. Their objective was to progressively prepare disabled claimants with mental health problems to return into work by offering low-threshold labour market programmes. Specifically designed for people with mental health problems, ?integration measures? include job training measures (progressive acclimatisation and endurance to work) and employment measures in the public or private sector. / They can be allocated to persons presenting a working incapacity of 50% for at least 6 months, but who can work at least 2 hours a day, four days per week. The maximal duration is 12 months, with the possibility to prolong for another 12-months period.
Target group
Disabled
Policy Field
  • employment
  • social
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
Introduces in 2008.
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: structural
  • Budgets: unknown
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: unknown
  • Spatial coverage: national
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
The objective was to facilitate the return into work of disabled benefit claimants with mental health problems, which, in Switzerland, constitute a large share of all disability benefit claimants.
Nature of the innovation-long-term perspective
moderate
Type of innovation
  • new policy, practice or measure
New outputs
  • training schemes (new job training and employment measures specifically designed for people with mental health problems.)
Intended target group
Disabled people with mental health problems
Working age population
  • main source of income: social protection (disability benefits)
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • agency or national social insurance body (Cantonal disability offices)
  • central state (as the main actor involved in policy-making)
  • private not-for-profit organisations (e.g. Third Sector organisation or NGO)
Clarification of the role of various actors
Cantonal disability offices and private not-for-profit organizations as the actors involved in the implementation of integration measures
Intended output
  • training schemes (new job training and employment measures specifically designed for people with mental health problems.)
Did the innovation have any outcome related to job quantity?
no significant effect on the labour market participation of mentally ill people, given the very low participation rates in these measures.
Intended and unintended outcomes
2500 mentally ill people in 2012
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