The Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) funded program services
are designed to reduce mental health, substance abuse and Domestic
violence issues that create barriers that interfere with welfare
recipients’ ability to return to work. CalWORKs mental health services
are designed to stabilize individual or family situations that are a
barrier to CalWORKs participants obtaining or maintaining employment.
Employment is emphasized as a key component to the CalWorks program.
These services include: mental health assessment, individual and group
therapy, rehabilitation services, case management, outreach and
engagement, crisis intervention and medication support. Needed substance
abuse and domestic violence services are coordinated with community
providers who specialize in the provision of this types of service. All
program service elements are targeted toward reducing mental health
barriers that prevent CalWORKs participants from working and are
designed to assist participants and their families to achieve a more
adaptive level of functioning.