Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Therapist

    Job Locations US-CA-Ontario
    Req No.
    Regular Full-Time
  • Program/Department Description

    Company Description:

    Mental Health Systems, Inc. (MHS) was founded in 1978 to provide mental health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation services in an innovative and cost-effective manner. We continue to ensure that the delivery of these services conforms to the MHS core values.  Our goal is to improve lives and instill hope by using new and creative treatment strategies while respecting time-proven methods of intervention. MHS is a Drug-Free workplace therefore all staff must comply with Drug-Free Workplace requirements regarding alcohol and drug use. MHS performs post-offer substance abuse testing on all employees. MHS provides a full range of benefits to regular employees. These benefits include paid vacation, sick time, and holidays, partially paid employee health insurance, flexible spending account, paid employee long-term disability insurance, an MHS funded profit sharing plan, and an individual employee-funded 403(b) plan. Eligibility for benefits is contingent upon employment status.  Eligibility for employment with MHS requires satisfactory criminal background clearance including conviction records. 


    Program Description:

    The Ontario One-Stop Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Center offers young adults between the ages of 16 to 25 a safe, accepting and comfortable place. Young adults come to identify the TAY Center as their own safe haven, where they can define and succeed in accomplishing their life goals.  The young adult participants often have mental, emotional and/or substance abuse concerns.  They come from foster care, group homes, the juvenile justice system, living on the streets, or simply from the community at large.  They come to fulfill basic life needs such as a warm meal, a shower or a place to do laundry.  After they drop in, they find additional supportive services, such as counseling, job training, housing referrals, GED study classes and other enrichment courses. 

    Position Description

    The Therapist provides a full range of culturally and linguistically competent, appropriate, clinically related services including the provision of mental health services, including individual, group and family therapy, to MediCal families. Therapists interact with clients on a day-to-day basis providing individual, group and family counseling, as well as engaging in therapeutic activities. Therapists also provide symptom management information and leadership necessary to provide clients with the ability to function in the school, community and family environment. Services provided are a combination of home-based, school-based, and clinic-based.



    • Actively participates as member of the Assessment Team assessing needs of youth to determine eligibility for participation and level of services required for individual participants.
    • Assesses and recognizes behavior or changes in mood that indicates: suicidal or homicidal intent or plan and immediately reports any concerns to Program Manager.
    • Attends weekly Multidisciplinary Team meeting and individual and group clinical supervision. Attends treatment meetings and provides input to treatment plan.
    • Consults with attending psychiatrist regarding medication and treatment of clients.
    • Designates new target goals for clients consistent with overall treatment goals.
    • Initiates appropriate and timely interventions that are culturally and linguistically sensitive and appropriate to the family’s needs, integrating clinical concepts with sound theoretical and practical applications of rehabilitative and individual group and milieu counseling principles.
    • Interacts therapeutically with clients, maintaining distinction between therapeutic and social relationships.
    • Maintains a clinical caseload as prescribed and supervised by the Program Manager. Provides a variety of interventions including individual and group therapy and case-management services to each client.
    • Maintains timely, accurate and legible documentation using assigned forms and formats for each client in their caseload. Provides symptom management skills and information and the leadership necessary to provide clients with the ability to maintain the least restrictive care and the highest level of functioning.
    • Provides clinical supervision to staff when directed by the Program Manager and assists other staff, particularly non-licensed staff, in dealing with problematic client behavior.
    • Provides appropriate input to monthly and quarterly Treatment Team reviews and plans for client transfer when appropriate in support of program goals. Assures continuity of care by making appropriate recommendations.
    • Responsible for medical record documentation per contract and MediCal and MediCare requirements.
    • Assists clients in reaching their vocational goals.
    • Staff member will be responsible for driving clients to/from appointments related to treatment goals as well as assist with appointments at TAY by providing transportation for the client.
    • Schedules daily and recreational activities and short-term special groups (e.g., arts and crafts, cooking).
    • Displays regular and reliable attendance. Reports to and departs from work on time, as scheduled, and accurately reflects all time on time card.

    Education/Experience Requirements


    • Master’s Degree in a mental health field including: California License eligible or licensed as an MFT, LCSW, or Psychologist within one year of date of hire.
    • Two years mental health experience working with emotionally disturbed adolescents, including clinical experience on a cross-disciplinary team.
    • Bilingual, fluency in English/Spanish, preferred.


    • Transference and counter-transference issues. Alerts colleagues and Program Manager to these issues when necessary in order to prevent negative occurrences.
    • Assessment, diagnosis and treatment techniques.
    • Behavioral management techniques and crisis intervention skills.
    • Individual, group, family and cognitive therapy techniques.
    • Rehabilitation programs and treatment, and the Psychosocial Rehabilitation Model.
    • Aspects of expediting and participates in assaultive management training according to the program policy.
    • The current Diagnostic Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association.
    • Procedure manuals and an ability to interpret these effectively to staff, family members and community providers.


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