Supported Employment Program

Do we live to work, or work to live? Regardless of the answer, being employed gives purpose to individuals. Having something to do, being meaningfully employed are seen to be critical parts of living a contented life. At Cadabams, we ask, why shouldn’t this hold true for individuals who are battling mental health disorders?

For long, people who are facing mental health issues have been sidelined from employment opportunities. We are looking to change this. Cadabams Neeraja is our flagship program to ensure individuals are gainfully employed as they continue to recover from a diverse range of mental health issues.

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What is the supported employment program at Cadabams?

Research shows that individuals who face mental health disorders are much less likely to be employed when compared to other individuals. This excludes people with mental health disorders from performing activities of daily life that are important for their self-confidence and self-image. This also impacts their independence and plays into the stereotype of isolating individuals with mental health issues from society. 

We, at Cadabams, have spent over three decades in mental healthcare, and we have seen the struggles of people who are battling mental health disorders. Through our experience, we have understood that performing activities of daily living independently and being meaningfully employed play a huge role in accelerating recovery. Combined with the regular therapeutic sessions and professional care at our rehabilitation centres, supported employment helps individuals remain engaged throughout their recovery journey. 

Cadabams Neeraja is our effort to provide people who are fighting mental health issues gain meaningful employment in safe environments. The program facilitates recovery while also giving the person a sense of independence as they progress through their rehabilitative journey.

What does the program involve?

  • Consultation: The family and the individual consult with the mental health professionals at Cadabams to discuss the supported employment program. Individuals and the family members are explained the nature of the program and what all it entails.

  • Identifying opportunities: The mental health professionals conduct a comprehensive screening of a person’s condition and assess the chronicity of the disorder they are facing. Post this, in consultation with the family and professionals, appropriate job opportunities are identified for the individual.

  • Beginning the venture: Once the venture is identified, the individual can begin to be gainfully employed under the expert medical supervision of our professional team. Though the family provides the initial capital, as the venture progresses, a large part of this initial investment is returned in the form of monthly installments.

  • An individuals progress through the rehabilitative journey is monitored by our professionals, and we assist the individual in continuing to remain gainfully employed. We also offer post-rehabilitation care to ensure that individuals continue their recovery as they get discharged and return home.

What are the highlights of Cadabams’ Neeraja program?

  • Neeraja is a one-of-a-kind program that ensures individuals improve their independence and self-confidence as they battle mental health disorders. It helps them remain gainfully employed while they undergo intensive rehabilitation.

  • Constant supervision: Individuals with mental health disorders do need some amount of assistance from trained mental health professionals. As the people remain gainfully employed at Cadabams, we ensure that they are always under medical supervision so that they are always safe and on the road to recovery.

  • Neeraja helps the individual find hidden talents or abilities that may have been masked by the stigma of fighting a mental health disorder. The individuals can explore these talents and realize it into an effective and profitable career or business.
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Years in rehabilitation


Campuses across 2 states


Individuals recovering at Cadabams each year


Mental health professionals working with us

The Cadabam’s Treatment Experience - Biopsychosocial Model

Our centres where this program is offered

Types of Admissions

Regular Admission

As and when the family or the primary caregiver confirms the admission by following the processes related to “Admission Procedure”.

Referred Admissions

Many psychiatrists utilize our psychosocial rehab services for their clients. In cases where the resident is referred from a psychiatrist for psychosocial interventions, the referring psychiatrist also becomes part of the treating team and he/she will be regularly updated about the progress and will also be involved in the overall care. Hundreds of eminent psychiatrists trust us with their clientele when it comes to residential care & rehab.

Admission under Special Circumstances

We have a number of patrons from various countries and different parts of the country seeking admission. We also have mental health professionals across the country referring us to complex cases that require psychosocial intervention. Under special circumstances where it is not feasible to visit or in case of a crisis/mental health emergency the Director-operations will guide the family after assessing the need for intervention.

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My son has rebuilt his life through rehabilitation at Cadabams. The supported employment there helped him immensely as well.


He started doing some work while recovering and it changed him as a person. He has since made some good progress in recovery, thank you Cadabams for helping my brother.


Supported employment at Cadabams really helped my son find purpose in life again. I found him looking forward to each day again and it helped his recovery so much.


Difference between Rehab and In-Patient


  • Continued Care and Monitoring in a setting that feels like home
  • Focuses on long-term recovery that is sustainable.
  • Involves the family over the treatment course to ensure sustainable recovery.
  • Round-the-clock assistance for the individual, with all basic needs cared for. 
  • Most important step towards recovering from psychiatric illnesses.

IP Care

  • Hospital setting for care in acute situations
  • Focuses on immediate relieving of symptoms in case of emergencies
  • Mainly involves the treating team that focuses on symptoms reduction
  • Individuals will need a family member with them in case of emergencies
  • The first step is seeking care for acute mental health disorders, after which rehabilitation may be necessary or not

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Our Professionals

Dr. Arun Kumar

MBBS, M.D. (Psychiatry)

Dr. Swarupa M U

Ph.D. (RCI) in Psychiatric Social Work

Dr. Keerthi Sagar

MBBS, M.D. (Psychiatry)

Ashwini Shastry

M.Phil (RCI) & M.Sc in clinical psychology

Why Cadabam's?

Cadabams Group has helped countless people battle mental health disorders in 1991. Over the last thirty years, we have grown from a small organization to becoming India’s largest private mental health care provider. We have over six campuses across two states which offer advanced care for a diverse range of mental health disorders.

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