The job center of the district of Biberach decided to apply for the program because, despite the good labor market, it has been observed that placement in work often fails due to health restrictions. In addition to addictions, these include physical and mental illnesses as well as personality changes. This often leads to disability after years of illness.
In order to counteract this development, one of the main components of the project is the cooperation with the treating physicians in order to determine the prevention needs of the individual project participants at an early stage.
The project "Networking-Prevention-Integration (VVI)" developed at the Jobcenter Biberach starts at this point. The VVI project is divided into 4 modules, which are coordinated in terms of content and interlock in terms of time, thus mapping the entire process.
Module 1 - Networking of treating physicians/family doctors and service providers
Module 1 is about networking the service providers and involving the treating physicians. The involvement of the relevant service providers depends on the individual needs of the project participants. By involving the physicians at an early stage, the currently prevailing state of health is recorded and concrete suggestions as to which medical and therapeutic measures are required for the participant are requested. The physician performs the necessary examinations and summarizes the health restrictions and concrete suggestions in a report. The physicians' time and effort in providing expert opinions can be compensated through the project in accordance with the German Judicial Remuneration and Compensation Act (JVEG).
Module 2 - Prevention-Individualized needs orientation
The pilots employed in the project discuss the examination results with the participant and work out the individual steps and individual goals with him or her. They support the participant in implementing the discussed steps. All activities of the pilot focus on the individual needs of the project participant.
Depending on his or her needs, the participant takes part in measures designed specifically for the target group in question. By means of a modular system, it is possible to take into account the respective individual needs.
The participant is to be sensitized and inspired for the topic "his health".
The following modules are planned:
- Module 1: Information events/motivational lectures
- Module 2: Health day on various topics with the opportunity to perform various tests
- Module 3: Regular group offers (water gymnastics, Nordic walking, back school, etc.
) over approx. 12 weeks
- Module 4: medical work tests in specialized facilities (among other things, also to clarify a possible need for medical rehabilitation)
- Module 5: Integration of activities into everyday life (joining a sports club close to home, participation in running clubs, health-promoting changes in lifestyle habits, etc.
In order to manifest the implementation of Module 5 in everyday life in the long term, the participant keeps a "health diary" in which he documents the implementation of the agreed activities and regularly discusses them with his pilot.
For the target group of people with addictive disorders/mental illnesses, the project participants are to be provided with a long-term measure (minimum duration 10 months).
Module 3 - Integration
The aim of the project is the permanent integration into an employment relationship that is subject to social insurance contributions and is appropriate to the suffering. To this end, the pilot establishes the needs directly with the employer. He or she acquires suitable jobs and advises employers on support options during and after the hiring process. In this way, the pilot remains the contact person for employees and employers for a maximum of 6 months after taking up employment. Participant and employer support is thus provided from a single source.
Module 4 - Scientific monitoring
Scientific monitoring is planned to improve the verifiability of the results and the project approach.
The respective activities significantly improve the health of the individual project participant and, in the long term, disability can be prevented. Through the empowerment approach and the implementation of the health-promoting activities in everyday life, the project participant is enabled to positively approach his or her life beyond the duration of the project, also beyond the health and work area. This improves social and job participation.