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Consumer Employment and Vocational Rehabilitation with Ben Gordon Center

Individual Placement and Support (IPS)

The Individual Placement and Support (IPS) program is offered to individuals with a mental health diagnosis who have expressed a desire to obtain employment. Individuals receiving these services do not need to be a current client at Ben Gordon Center; this service is available to any individual with a mental illness who expresses an interest in finding employment. 

Employment services include:

  • Job coaching
  • Mock interviews
  • Resume writing
  • Job searching
  • On the job supports
  • Benefits planning and other skill-based supports needed to help an individual obtain and maintain competitive employment.

The program works with local businesses to assist individuals in obtaining competitive employment.

Upon initiating services, a thorough evaluation and individualized treatment plan are completed. Individuals will be provided the opportunity to participate in an evidence-based treatment modality provided by qualified staff.


An individual who successfully obtained employment through the IPS program and has been employed for over a year, said:
“I found a job that was part time and within three months I moved to full time. I have been given some great tools to work with and some really
great advice. I hope that others find the help and support that I have through this program. It is a great program and I would recommend anyone to it.”

* Funding provided in whole or in part by the Illinois Department of Human Services.

Contact Us

Learn more about Behavioral Health Services at Ben Gordon Center, please call:

DeKalb - 815.756.4875 
Sandwich - 815.786.7544

In the event of a crisis after hours, call 800.373.3327. A counselor will be paged.

Online Screening 

KishHealth System offers an anonymous screening for mental health and alcohol disorders.

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