NYAPRS is a statewide coalition of people in New York who use and/or provide recovery oriented community based mental health services. NYAPRS is dedicated to improving services and social conditions for people with psychiatric disabilities or diagnoses, and those with trauma-related conditions by promoting their recovery, rehabilitation and rights so that all people can participate freely in the opportunities of society.
NYAPRS has developed a set of online resources, An Employment and Economic Self-Sufficiency Tool Kit, which can be accessed here.
These resources offer a curriculum for helping with the path to employment specifically for New York mental health consumers (but much of the information still applies to California residents).
NYAPRS also produces a 25-minute video of people with psychiatric disabilities sharing their stories of successful employment. You can view the video here.
You will need to register (at no charge) to access the toolkit and video. They may take a while to load, so be patient.