OhioMHAS has been selected to receive a five-year, $4.8 million Transforming Lives through Supported Employment grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. OhioMHAS will partner with Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services and Daybreak, Inc., as well as other state agencies to implement the project, which aims to modernize, enhance, and increase availability and quality of Individual Placement and Support (IPS) services to meet the needs of individuals with a severe and persistent mental illness or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. The expected outcome is for Ohio to have the necessary infrastructure in place to maintain, expand, and sustain IPS throughout the state and to increase the number of individuals who obtain and retain integrated competitive employment of their choosing. In addition, Ohio will establish two robust Individualized Placement and Support Supported Employment programs within the state, secure sustainable funding, establish a permanent training program using in-person and virtual platforms and gather/analyze program data in order to make necessary changes to improve service provision. The grant is expected to serve 450 individuals over the five year grant period.