Occupational Transition Services for Youth (OTAY)

The OTAY program is an innovative, model partnership between Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), East Side Union High School District (ESUHSD) and Expandability that fills the gaps of support leading to a healthy and stable life on the road from high school to the world of work and independence.   The Santa Clara County Mental Health Department Community Services and Supports Plan identified transitional youth with mental health disabilities as one of the most at risk populations, and one of the least served.  Since adult mental health services start at the age of 25 this is a critical time to engage and provide guidance and support augmenting the few services available to transitional youth with mental health disabilities.   This program guides students to complete an educational program, participate in vocational planning, transition to work, and transition to adult mental health services.

Who is served: ESUHSD junior and senior students who are currently diagnosed with a mental health disability or who are diagnosed with an Autism spectrum disorder.

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Services Provided: Individualized employment preparation, life management, job placement and support services.  By using the framework of a paying job and career development, the students learn the skills and develop the desire to create a healthy lifestyle which will support their future goals.

If you are interested in more information about this program, please call or email Ivon Perez at (408) 278-2008 or email at ivon@expandability.org

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