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Department of Rehabilitation Many of our employment programs work closely with the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) to assist our job seekers with meeting their vocational goals. The California DOR’s mission is to work in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living, and equality for individuals with disabilities. DOR supports our job seekers by providing vocational counseling and guidance, referrals to community resources, transportation assistance, and other ongoing supports.

Mental Health Providers Finding and keeping a job requires support from mental health providers. Our IPS teams collaborate with case managers and other specialty providers that offer intensive mental health services for our job seekers. We are proud to work with job seekers and clinical staff from a variety of county clinics and community-based organizations

Employers Our efforts to help people get back to work would fail without the collaboration and commitment of our employer partners located throughout the Bay Area. Our vocational teams work diligently to develop solid business relationships with a variety of employers in order to assist them with their hiring needs. We have employer partnerships in a wide range of sectors, and make new contacts weekly to help our job seekers find the best jobs for them. Our employers credit us for getting to know their business needs, making quality job matches, and providing ongoing, responsive job retention support.

International IPS Learning Community Alameda County BHCS joined the International IPS Learning Community in April 2012. The mission of the program is to increase access to Individual Placement and Support (IPS) for adults with serious mental illnesses who are interested in improving their work lives. This program systematically works with jurisdictions to implement IPS following the evidence-based guidelines.

In the United States, the program is administered in each participating state/jurisdiction through the collaboration between the state mental health authority and the state vocational rehabilitation administration. In 2016, there are 18 states, the District of Columbia and Alameda County, California in the program. In addition, there are three European countries (Italy, Netherlands and Spain) participating.

The Rockville Institute at Westat oversees the Program and provides ongoing technical assistance and consultation on IPS supported employment. Alameda County is a special project site and the only jurisdiction in California to participate in this program. The program has evolved into a learning community in which the IPS leaders from the jurisdictions continue to meet together and identify and participate in research projects to better understand how to support people living with symptoms of mental illness in their recovery through work and school.

CARF Several of our programs maintain accreditation by CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Their mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. CARF officially recognizes health and human service providers as having met standards for quality of service.