Step Forward Central
Claudia Covarrubias, LMFT, Program Director
2772 Fourth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 295-6067
(619) 295-6047
Step Forward Central

The Step Forward Programs are CalWORKs Behavioral Health Centers and are funded by the County of San Diego to provide outpatient behavioral health services to participants in the CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work program.  There are six regionally based Step Forward programs located throughout San Diego County. 

Program Description

Our mission is to provide extensive services to reduce barriers to employment for participants and their families struggling with issues such as domestic violence, mental illness, substance abuse and poverty.  The program designed activities to help individuals and families gain self-sufficiency as they transition from the welfare system to gainful employment. Areas addressed include depression and anxiety, substance use problems, trauma and domestic violence, parenting, healthy relationships, stress management, employment readiness, and a variety of other life skills.


Within the welcoming atmosphere of the program, the widely diverse mobile staff provides the following: 

  • Individual, Family & Group Counseling
  • Psychiatric Medication Services
  • Healthy Coping & Recovery from Trauma
  • Active Parenting, Seeking Safety, DBT Classes
  • Family Engagement Activities
  • Recovery Strategies for Substance Abuse
  • Employment Readiness
  • Case Management/ Advocacy for Disability Services
  • Home and community bases support


Services are available in Spanish and other languages as needed.

Referral Process

Each Step Forward program is paired to work closely with a Welfare-to-Work site to coordinate care. Individuals can self-refer or meet with their CalWORKs Case Managers to add services to their Welfare to Work Plan.

Hours of Operation: 

Monday through Friday 8:30 - 4:30 with Evenings and Weekends by Request 

Directions from nearest Welfare-to-Work center 

From the Res Care Welfare-to-Work site at 1750 Fifth Ave San Diego head North on Fifth Ave toward Elm Street.  Turn left on Juniper Street.  Step Forward Central in on the left at 4th Avenue and Olive Street.  This is a half-mile walk and will take you about 11 minutes.