Alameda County Behavioral Health operates a vocational program for individuals who are suffering from severe mental illness.


The Vocational Program, a specialty program within ACBH, assists motivated consumers with school re-entry or competitive employment placement. The program uses an internationally recognized evidenced base practice model – Individual Placement and Support – Supported Employment, to engage the consumer, rapidly develop relationships with employers, help with the interview & onboarding of an offered job, and job supports for the consumer.

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If a job isn’t a good fit, then the Employment Specialists will work with that person to find work that is better suited to the individual, taking their preferences into consideration. The goal is to have contact with an employer on the consumers’ behalf within 30 days, focusing on the individual’s strengths that meet the employer’s needs for the job opening. For those seeking supports for school re-entry, the program will assist with the application process, linkage to Disabled Students Services, Financial Aid, and Department of Rehabilitation. The mental health and employment teams work together with the Consumer to solve problems and address barriers to success. There is also a benefits counselor that can assist with managing the additional income from work while on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). To be eligible for these services you must be at least 16 years old, already receiving mental health treatment from ACBH, have a California ID and Social Security card and be eager to work. No other “readiness” screens are used.

Consumers can have their case manager refer them to the Vocational Program or they can self-refer.

For more information, call 1 (510) 777-4240

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Michael Castilla

Michael Castilla