Your Pathway to Success
Career Services provides support and assistance to individuals referred through County Mental Health who are interested in gainful employment in the community. Participants receive individualized assistance with job preparedness, job search, job placement and job support from employment specialists at our Santa Cruz and Watsonville offices. Registration with the Department of Rehabilitation is required to access this service, in addition to a referral from County Mental Health. Bilingual services available.
We provide support services that are individually tailored to meet the needs and goals of each participant. Some examples of what Career Services has to offer includes:
- Assistance in finding volunteer and internship positions in order to gain experience and build a resume.
- Job search support including resume writing, completing applications, practicing interview skills, transportation assistance, and reducing stress.
- Vocational testing to identify skills, interests and aptitudes. To make recommendations for training and career paths. To overcome barriers to employment.
- Vocational placement in full or part-time positions with local businesses and non-profit organizations.
Mental Health Cooperative
Department of Rehabilitation
The Department of Rehabilitation provides funding to help with on-the-job training, interview outfits and work clothes, transportation costs, and fees for going to school or training programs. Career Services and the Department of Rehabilitation work together to provide our participants with as many opportunities as possible.
County Mental Health
As part of the Cooperative program, Career Services works closely with mental health coordinators in order to ensure wrap-around services. We view employment as an integral part of the recovery process and support each participant in creating and meeting his or her own goals.