The First Impressions Project is a basic construction and remodeling vocational training program. First Impressions assists Behavioral Health Services (BHS) consumers to learn marketable skills, receive on-the-job training and mentoring, and secure competitive employment in the community. Moreover, First Impressions is a collaboration between MHSA Innovations, Behavioral Health Services (BHS), UCSF’s Citywide Employment Program and Asian Neighborhood Design (AND).
First Impressions offers 10-weeks of classroom training followed by 6-months of paid work experience for consumers of BHS services. The ultimate goal of the program is for consumers to learn marketable skills for the workforce while being a part of the transformation of the BHS Mental Health Care System. Finally, First Impressions aims to create a more welcoming environment in the wait rooms of BHS/DPH clinics that cultural reflect the community it serves.
Enrollment and Referral Process
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
APPLICATION DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 12, 2016
First Impressions provides participants with:
- 10-weeks of classroom and hands on training
- Six-months of supervised work experience paid at minimum wage
- On-going job placement support, job preparation, resume building, competitive job placement and employment retention services
First Impressions’ hands on training in basic construction and remodeling may include but not limited to:
- Customer Service
- Green Building
- Beginning drywall – installation and repair,
- Installation of window treatments
- Furniture assembly,
- Flooring – cleaning, repairing and new installation
- Graffiti abatement
First Impressions’ services are intended to adhere to the Wellness and Recovery Model helping consumers to holistically improve their mental health and wellness. These services are intended to provide meaningful activities that foster a consumer’s independence and increase her/his ability to participate in society in a meaningful way.
- An increase in consumer engagement in clinic and clinical services
- An increase in client satisfaction with services
- An increase in consumers who have learned marketable job skills in basic construction and remodeling.
- An improvement in general mental health thru employment and esteem building
- Increase in staff and provider moral