2010: River Valley Services

“Exploring Employers’ Attitudes on Hiring Individuals with Serious Mental Illness”

for River Valley Services

by Stephanie Quainoo, Sara Shor, Sarah Tracy-Wanck, Jennifer Veloz


This report examines employers’ attitudes on hiring individuals with a serious mental illness (SMI) within River Valley Services’ (RVS) Catchment Area 10- Middlesex County. The purpose of the study was to explore the presence of prejudicial attitudes among these employers and gauge how stigma can influence hiring practices. Furthermore, we investigated the attitudes towards supported employment agencies to provide RVS with suggestions on maximizing the effectiveness of their employment services.