Alameda County BHCS has been offering employment services for people with mental health challenges since 1975. In 2012, we began providing the evidence-based practice of Individual Placement and Support (IPS) to help people find and keep jobs in their communities. This model has been heavily researched and has been found to be the most effective way to help people with psychiatric disabilities that want to work.
We partner with various stakeholders to help people reach their vocational goals. We believe that people will be able to get and keep a job that fits their interests and preferences. Our aim is to provide supports to help them accomplish this. These supports include vocational counseling and outreach, collaboration with mental health providers, benefits counseling, job development and placement, job coaching and job retention follow-along services, and career development support.
As long as people are eligible, and depending on program capacity, we do not exclude anyone from our IPS programs who has expressed a desire to work. We also help people look for a job that fits their preferences right away (usually within one month of entering the service).
You can find IPS services in the following agencies and programs:
Alameda County BHCS Vocational Program
Abode Services Greater HOPE Program
Bay Area Community Services
Building Opportunities for Self Sufficiency
Fred Finch Youth Center
Bonita House HOST Program
East Bay Community Recovery Project FACT and TrACT
East Bay Community Recovery Project PREP