Supported Employment Program

Building brighter futures by supporting adults in reaching their career goals.

Supported Employment Services

Supported Employment services can be accessed as part of our adult CalWORKs program in the Antelope Valley. The Supported Employment program helps CalWORKs participants interested in working to obtain and maintain jobs of their choosing.  Participants work with an Employment Specialist one-on-one to address employment needs and work towards their career goals.  As part of the program, a mental health clinician provides individual therapy and coordinates any additional services a participant needs (groups, medication, case management, etc.).

Supported Employment services may include:

  • professional job skills
  • resumes
  • applications
  • mock interviews
  • meeting employers
  • job coaching
  • on-the-job training
  • job supports

How Can I be referred to Supported Employment?

If you are receiving CalWORKs with GAIN (Greater Avenues for Independence), you may speak with your GAIN Worker at DPSS regarding a referral.  You may also reach out to the CalWORKs Manager or Supported Employment Supervisor (See contact information below).

Why employers want to work with the supported Employment program?

  • Employment Specialists work     closely with employers to understand their unique needs
  • Prepares quality candidates for     success in the workplace
  • Provides employment job     placement services and support at no cost

Hear what Supported Employment program participants have to say…

“My Employment Specialist helped me feel confident in being able to talk to employers and practice my interview skills.”

“My team kept me motivated and encouraged me at all times.  I was able to find a job I really enjoy going to.”

“I’m thankful to my support at Penny Lane who pushed me out of my comfort zone.  I was successful at improving my mental health, and my finances and housing situation got better

“I had some struggles at work when I first started my job.  My Employment Specialist helped me speak with my supervisor, and the situation got better.”

Hear what Supported Employment program employers have to say…

“Penny Lane really listened to what we were looking for in a job applicant and found a candidate with those skills.”

“The employee we hired was motivated and reliable.”

“We called the Employment Specialist when we needed applicants.  They brought in a great applicant right away, who we ended up hiring.”

“It has been beneficial working with the program as they prepare applicants for the job.  They also help workers improve their job performance. “


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