The FAST program sought to provide individuals with disabilities, or family members of individuals with a disability, with improved employment outcomes by incorporating motivational interviewing and an Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model into the existing Family Support Services (FSS) program.

The FAST program sought to provide individuals with disabilities, or family members of individuals with a disability, with improved employment outcomes by incorporating motivational interviewing and an Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model into the existing Family Support Services (FSS) program.

FAST provided extra services to participants who qualified for FSS. FAST integrated the IPS supported employment model into the existing FSS program to provide participants with individualized job search assistance based on their preferences, a vocational assessment, and job development services. FAST also integrated motivational interviewing into the existing FSS program alongside IPS. The caseload of FAST case managers was reduced to 50 active cases from an average of 75 to 100 to better support FAST participants with individualized assistance. FAST served Temporary Assistance for Needy Families recipients who were individuals with disabilities or people who shared a household with those individuals. FAST was implemented in Ramsey County, MN.

Year evaluation began: 2011
Populations and employment barriers: Cash assistance recipients, Disability(ies)
Intervention services: Case management, Employment retention services, Substance use disorder treatment and mental health services, Physical health services, Sanctions, Work and work-based learning, Individual Placement and Support, Work readiness activities, Job search assistance, Job development/job placement
Setting(s): Urban only

Effectiveness Rating and Effect By Outcome Domain

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Outcome domain Term Effectiveness rating Effect in 2018 dollars and percentages Effect in standard deviations Sample size
Increase earnings Short-term Supported favorable $5,041 per year 0.24 389
Long-term No evidence to assess support
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Increase employment Short-term Supported favorable 7% (in percentage points) 0.18 389
Long-term No evidence to assess support
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Decrease benefit receipt Short-term Little evidence to assess support unfavorable $25 per year 0.01 379
Long-term No evidence to assess support
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Increase education and training All measurement periods No evidence to assess support

Studies of this Intervention

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Study Quality Rating Study Counts per Rating
High High 1