Community resources for employment and volunteerism
Community Connections is part of the Volunteer Center. They specialize in helping adults with a mental health condition connect to employment, volunteer work and education. The majority of their programs require the client be part of the Santa Cruz County Behavioral Health System of Care. This means you should be connected to a county psychiatrist, therapist or a mental health provider. If you are not part of the System of Care, call the Santa Cruz County Access Line to determine what services are open to you. (800) 952-2335 If you are part of the System of Care, then you can simply call or visit Community Connections during business hours. You do not need a referral for many of their programs.
Central Coast Center for Independent Living
CCCIL promotes the independence of people with disabilities by supporting their equal and full participation in life. CCCIL provides advocacy, education and support to people with disabilities, their families and the community. Clients have only have to self identify to qualify.
Workforce Santa Cruz County (WFSCC)
Workforce Santa Cruz County (WFSCC) is a partnership of local organizations that serve job seekers and businesses in the community. WFSCC's network of Career Centers offer an array of no cost services for businesses, employees, and job seekers. Workforce Santa Cruz County is overseen by the Workforce Investment Board of Santa Cruz County.
DHCS Working Disabled Program
A critical Work Incentive program to encourage and help people with disabilities work while having access to healthcare such as MediCal. The 250% Working Disabled Program (250% WDP) allows certain working disabled individuals to become eligible for Medi-Cal by paying low monthly premiums based on net countable income. Program enrollment is done at the local county welfare department.
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Agencies who have internships and hire non-clinical people interested in working in Mental Health
Santa Cruz Volunteer Center is the main clearinghouse for volunteer work in Santa Cruz County.
Social Services phone number is (888) 421-8080, www.myBenefitsCalWIN.org is the site for electronic enrollment in food stamps, MediCal and many other programs.
Department of Rehabilitation - The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) is an employment and independent living resource for people with disabilities. They can tell you more about Social Security Work Incentives and how to work without loosing your SSI or SSDI benefits.
(831) 465-7100 (Voice)
(831) 465-7125 (TTY)
1350 41st Ave. , Suite 101
Capitola, CA 95010-3906
Housing Authority - http://hacosantacruz.org Manages the Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly known as Section 8)