Workability and Department of Rehabilitation

Project Six /The Commons provides our residents with a meaningful vocational program. The goal of this program is to assist each student in developing experience and knowledge about the world of work which will lead to personal success in their adult life. They learn how to identify their personal vocational interests and strengths as well as their areas of growth.

Participation in the Workability program requires the student to be at least 16 years of age; have a Social Security Card and California Identification Card; good school attendance; receive a referral from their school teacher and therapist; maintain good hygiene; desire the job training experience; and cooperate with the Vocational Education staff.

When the resident is accepted into the Vocational Program, they work closely with a Vocation Education staff member who is assigned to the student and stays their case-manager through all stages of their work experience and job placement. The Specialists are trained in the areas of employment development and are there to assist the student in developing a positive and successful community placement. All Specialists are located in the Vocational Education Office at The Help Group and are available during the school day to meet with the student or if there is an employment emergency, can be reached by cell phone.

For those residents who have additional services through the Department of Mental Health or have turned the age of 18, he/she can be referred to the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). Their mission is to work in partnership with their clients and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living, and equality for individuals with disabilities. DOR can continue to work with the student throughout their adulthood. They are assigned an employment counselor who will tailor a program to the student’s particular employment goals. DOR services include:

  • Counseling and guidance;
  • Referrals and assistance to get services for other agencies’
  • Job search and placement assistance;
  • Vocational and other training services;
  • Evaluation on physical and mental impairments;
  • On-the-job or personal assistance services;
  • Interpreter services;
  • Occupational licenses, tools, equipment, initial stocks, and supplies;
  • Technical assistance for self-employment;
  • Rehabilitation assistive technology;
  • Supported employment services,
  • Services to the family,
  • Transportation as required, such as travel and related expenses, that is necessary to enable the student to participate in a vocational rehabilitation service.