This handout accompanies the Pennsylvania Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program webinar: Overcoming the STIGMA of Living & Working with the Labels of Significant Mental Health Challenges. In this session Richard Toscano will present the core principles and most effective means to overcome the stigma of mental illness as it relates to assisting those with a MH label to attain meaningful and satisfying employment. Questions addressed in this session include: After years of detailed policy and legislation to protect the rights of persons with disabilities, why are the employment outcomes for persons with mental illness so low? What are the lessons learned from the research; particularly Evidence-based Supported Employment / IPS? How can our service systems & providers better empower persons with MH labels to be in partnership with providers, advocates and employers for sustainable employment outcomes / careers?