Ongoing Innovations


Our goal is to produce a biannual newsletter highlighting vocational services in Alameda County. Click the links to access the most recent newsletters.
Winter 2017
Summer 2016
Fall 2015
Summer 2014


Training opportunities for vocational workers throughout Alameda County are available through the monthly Employment Specialist Learning Collaborative. Each month we cover a different topic related to providing vocational services (e.g., job development, benefits planning, follow-along services, building good relationships with clients, helping people with criminal records).
In addition, our IPS Supervisors Group meets bimonthly for training and cross-program collaboration. Please e-mail our IPS trainer, Jackie Pogue if you would like to attend these groups.

Our IPS Trainer provides the necessary training and technical assistance for IPS programs in order to help develop and enhance their service delivery. Jackie anchors the biannual fidelity review process, program startup and sustainability, and contract management for these programs.


This group of family and consumer advocates meets regularly to work on projects related to IPS promotion and sustainability. Most recently, the group produced a video highlighting people’s stories of work and recovery, which you can view here: Work & Recovery In 2015, the group won the Johnson & Johnson- Dartmouth Family Advocacy Award for their good work. The IPS Consumer and Family Advocacy Group is co-led by Annie Kim of the Family Education and Resource Center and Mary Hogden of the BHCS Consumer Empowerment Department. Please contact them if you are interested in learning more and joining this group.


As part of our commitment to continuous quality improvement, BHCS has convened a group of stakeholders since 2009 that helps monitor the employment services, provide feedback, and champion our services in the community. The group helps drive implementation, capacity-building, financing, and quality improvement of IPS within BHCS. Currently, the IPS Leadership Team meets biannually and includes members from the BHCS executive team, agency leaders, consumer and family advocates, and representatives from BHCS and community-based IPS programs.