Employment Services

For many people, working is about more than earning money. Our Employment Services promote work as part of the recovery process. Whether you are thinking about starting work, changing careers, or need ongoing support, our staff will help you reach your goals. 

Work is about more than a paycheck

If you have schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, or another psychiatric illness, working can increase your self-esteem, help you meet new people, and provide structure to your day. The goal of Employment Services is to help you find, get, and keep jobs in a competitive market. 

Employment Services help you:

  • Determine your career interests and search for jobs of your choice.
  • Prepare for interviews and find the needed resources to succeed.
  • Decide if you should disclose your illness to your employer.
  • Maintain your job.
  • Partner with mental health treatment teams and vocational rehabilitation services when appropriate. 

Services to meet your needs

We use a model that includes Individual Placement and Support (IPS), which is an evidence-based practice of supported employment. This service model has proven effective in helping individuals find and retain jobs of their choice. Our expert team includes Employment Specialists and a masters-level Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.

Our services are flexible. We will work with you at your home, at your job, or in the community. 

“Without Julie [Guild Employment Specialist], I wouldn’t be standing here today. I wouldn’t be working. I would still be using drugs. I would be in prison... or worse. I don’t hide from my pain and mental illness anymore. I’m not afraid to confront my issues. I have hopes and dreams for the future. I want to go back to school. I want a house up North on a couple of acres of land. I want 2 dogs and maybe a family someday. Because of Guild, my future is bright.”
Eli, Guild Client


To qualify for Guild’s Adult Employment Services, you must:

  • Participate in our Delancey Street Services or receive Targeted Case Management from Guild in Dakota or Ramsey County.
  • For Dakota County residents, we also work with TCM providers external to Guild.
  • For Scott County residents, we work with the county TCM team, Treatment Court, or the Mental Health Center.

To qualify for Guild’s Youth Program of Employment and Education Services, you must:

  • Be 16-24 years-old.
  • Have a psychiatric illness.
  • Be a resident of Dakota County.

To apply, make sure you meet the eligibility requirements. If so, call (651) 262-2321 or email es@guildservices.org. Our Employment Services are accredited by CARF.