Self-Employment & Entrepreneurship

Under a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), Live & Learn, Inc. is developing a Phase I prototype for Reclaiming Employment, an online capacity-building program that will provide access to resources to which may not otherwise be available, featuring resource links (“Library”), educational courses (“Courses”), and social support (“Social”) related to starting and sustaining a small business as a self-employed individual with a psychiatric history.

Reclaiming Employment builds upon the Self Employment Starts with You (SESY) study, which used qualitative and survey data to examine self-employment as a strategy to improve career options for individuals with a psychiatric disability. The goal of this project is to promote self-sufficiency and empowerment by preparing individuals with psychiatric histories for self-employment.

Publications from this study: Self-Employment for People with Psychiatric Disabilities: Advantages and StrategiesThe Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 2018 is a comprehensive online resource dedicated to dissemination and implementation efforts to help communities create effective, sustainable crisis alternatives through independent peer-run programs. Live & Learn created to provide public access to information about research, technical assistance, resources, and a program directory. Peer respites are voluntary, short-term, overnight programs that provide community-based, non-clinical crisis support to help people find new understanding and ways to move forward. They operate 24 hours per day in a homelike environment.  

Publications from this study: Peer Respites: A Research and Practice AgendaPsychiatric Services, 2015.

This study was funded by the FEMHC.

This study was funded by the FEMHC.

The Psychiatric Medication Discontinuation/Reduction study (PMDR) is the first U.S. survey of a large sample of longer-term users who chose to discontinue psychiatric medications. The study, funded by the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care and led by current and former users of psychiatric medications, sought to understand first-hand experiences and strategies of individuals who decided to discontinue psychiatric medications, and either stopped or reduced the use of these medications.

Publications from this study: Discontinuing Psychiatric Medications: A Survey of Long-Term Users. Psychiatric Services, 2017.

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