DMHAS Work Service Program

Career Planning & Development Services

Program Details

The Work Services Program is funded by the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). This program offers career planning and development services to assist persons with mental health issues in achieving their employment objectives. The program serves individuals by offering entitlement assessment, vocational interest inventories/career planning, job seeking skills instruction, job development, on-the-job support, and follow-up. In this highly individualized program, each person receives services specifically tailored to meet his/her unique situation and set of needs.

Also available are independent living skills training, job performance evaluation, work adjustment information, referral services, and individual counseling. Services are continued based upon the individual's need and expressed desire to work.

To ensure that the dignity and respect of each individual are maintained and promoted throughout the community and that people have the opportunity to assume positive adult roles, staff seeks opportunities for consumer choice and empowerment. The program also seeks feedback from program participants regarding satisfaction with services.

Vocational staff employed with this program complete all of Marrakech's core training requirements include CPR, First Aid, and Behavior Management. In addition, staff attends external training that is applicable to their positions as they become available. The professionals that work in this program are experienced vocational staff with demonstrated success with meeting employment program outcomes. Marrakech's vocational staff is integrated into clinical teams at the Connecticut Mental Health Center in New Haven, the F.S. DuBois Center in Stamford and various other community provider agencies.


Individuals interested in services must meet the DMHAS eligibility requirements of mental illness and be involved in clinical services in the New Haven or Stamford areas. Those interested in services should speak to their clinicians regarding a referral to one of the Employment Specialists.  Individuals in the New Haven area should complete the CSN Referral Form with their clinicians and follow the instructions on the form for submission.  It can be downloaded at or call (203)974-7082 for a referral packet.

Contact Information

Lauren Ortiz
Director of Behavioral Health Services
Phone: (203) 589-0169
Fax: (203) 388-1684

Marissa Rivera-Artis
VP of Behavioral Health & Career Development Services
Phone: (203) 389-2970, Ext. 1343
Fax: (203) 389-3927

Mailing Address:
Six Lunar Drive Woodbridge, CT 06525
Main Phone: (203) 389-2970
Main Fax: (203) 397-0658

Related Websites

Community Services Network
DMHAS Employment Services
Connecticut Mental Health Center
F.S. DuBois Center

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