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Employment Services Division

YubaWORKs - 5730 Packard Avenue Suite 600, Marysville, CA 95901


Counseling Services

If you have a personal or family problem that affects your ability to participate in your Welfare to Work activity we can provide counseling or therapy to help you work through and resolve those issues.  We have qualified on-site substance abuse counselors, mental health therapists, domestic abuse specialists, and social workers who can help you deal with an immediate crisis or meet with you in individual sessions.

Domestic Violence

Each year between one and four million men and women in the U.S. are victims of some type of domestic abuse.  Domestic abuse is when one person in a relationship tries to control the other person.  The perpetrator uses fear and intimidation and may threaten to use or may actually use physical violence.  

Types of Domestic Violence

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  • Physical abuse (domestic violence) - Physical abuse ranges from restraining to murder and can include pushing, throwing, kicking, pinching, biting, slapping, grabbing, hitting, choking, shaking, tripping, blocking, using weapons, burning, and murder.

  • Verbal or non-verbal abuse  - Verbal or non-verbal abuse involves psychological, mental, and emotional control by threatening, destroying property, hitting objects, yelling, name-calling, harassment, embarrassing or making fun of someone, possessiveness, blaming, making the person feel that there is no way out.

  • Sexual abuse - Sexual abuse is closely linked to physical abuse and may occur together or after physical abuse by forcing someone to participate in unwanted, unsafe, or degrading sexual activity, ridiculing another person to try to limit their sexuality or reproductive choices, forcing someone to look at pornography, or forcing someone to participate in pornographic film-making.

  • Stalking or cyber-stalking - Stalking is unpredictable and should always be considered dangerous.  It is harassment through repeated phone calls, following, tracking, searching for someone, suddenly showing up where the person is, sending emails, communicating in chat rooms, text-messaging, monitoring phone calls, contacting family and friends, damaging someone's home, car, or other property.

  • Economic abuse or financial abuse - Economic or financial abuse is used to control someone by withholding money and credit cards, stealing from the person, withholding resources such as food, clothes, medication, or shelter, or preventing the person from working.

  • Spiritual abuse - Spiritual abuse is used to manipulate someone by preventing the person from practicing their religious or spiritual beliefs, ridiculing the person's beliefs, or forcing the children to reared in a faith that the person has not agreed to.

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 Where Can I Get Help for Domestic Violence?

    If you need help immediately, call 911.

    If you want to talk to someone or learn more about how you can stop the cycle of violence, call:

 Substance Use

"First you take a drink, then the drink takes you." - F. Scott Fitzgerald.

According to the 2004 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), a project of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

  • 19.1 million Americans (7.9%) aged 12 and older currently are current illicit drug users

  • 3.8 million people aged 12 or older received treatment for substance or alcohol use

  • 121 million Americans  (50.3%) aged 12 and older are current alcohol drinkers

  • 55 million (22.8%) are classified as binge drinkers (five or more drinks on one occasion)

  • 10.8 million were under-age drinkers (aged 12 - 20)

  • 32.5 million aged 12 and older drove under the influence at least once in the 12 months prior to the interview

Yes, these are alarming statistics.  This phenomenon is prevalent in our society today and you may be one of the millions in America who are faced with or live with someone who is abusing drugs and/or alcohol.  There is hope - if drugs or alcohol are preventing you from participating in activities in your Welfare to Work Plan we can provide you with treatment and counseling services free of charge. 

We understand this is an awesome undertaking for you and we may allow participation in a drug and alcohol treatment program to be your only activity for six months while you get clean and sober.  After that we can introduce other Welfare to Work activities in conjunction with your ongoing maintenance program that will continue to move you toward recovery.

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Where Can I Get Help for Substance Use?

You are not alone - we have highly qualified and licensed counselors and therapists on-site who can help you on your road to recovery.  Call your WTW worker for a referral today.  There are also many government and community resources that can help you regain control of your life:


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Mental Health

Good mental health is key to success in the workplace and life in general.  Most families are not equipped or prepared to deal with mental health problems and it can be emotionally and physically draining to the entire family.  That is why we have made it a priority to offer you the counseling and support you and your family needs to cope and recover from a mental illness.  We also feel it is equally important to practice good mental health techniques.  Our distinguished team of licensed counselors and therapists are qualified and dedicated to helping on your road to good mental health.

What's Your Mental Health I.Q.?

Take this short true/false quiz compiled by the National Mental Health Association and have some fun challenging your mental health knowledge.

   1.  T / F - Regular exercise can greatly reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety disorders.

   2.  T / F - People who have schizophrenia don't usually recover from the disorder.

   3.  T / F - Depression is a normal part of aging.

   4.  T / F - People who have mental disorders are more dangerous than people in the general population.

   5.  T / F - One in five Americans experiences a mental health disorder in any given year, but only one-third seek care due to the stigma and misperceptions surrounding mental disorders and their treatment.


1.  True - Believe it or not, 60% of people with such disorders significantly reduced their symptoms with regular exercise - so get out there and start walking, biking, golfing or anything else you like

2.  False - Up to two-thirds of people who are diagnosed with schizophrenia actually recover significantly and some completely recover.

3.  False - Depression is not a normal part of aging.  You don't have to "grin and bear it".

4.  False - This misperception is commonly distorted by the media.  People who have mental disorders are no more likely to be dangerous than people without disorders.

5.  True - Sadly, people often let shame prevent them from seeking help.  Mental illness is real and treatable.  No one should let stigma stand in the way of getting help.


In addition to mental health staff, there are many other resources for you.  To learn more about mental illness or to seek help, call your WTW worker or visit:

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Yuba County Employment Services Division • 5730 Packard Avenue Suite 100, Marysville, CA 95901 • (530)749-6311 Fax (530) 749-6809


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