Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Employment Specialist

    Job Locations US-CA-Hanford
    Req No.
    Other Specialties
    Regular Full-Time
  • About our Program and Organization

    Kings County ACT is a high fidelity Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program servicing Kings County. The program services adults who have severe mental illness (SMI) and possible co-occurring disorders (COD). The target population includes chronically ill, unstable or in crisis, and may have serious impairments across all life domains. Our office is located in Hanford, CA. Our program is a full-service mental health and case management program that utilizes a team-approach to meet the needs of our clients. We provide the majority of our services in the field, in client homes, and other community-based settings.


    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 with the values highlighted on the cover of this directory. 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; see MHS Employee Handbook for full details. Eligible part-time employees will receive benefits on a prorated basis.

    Job Summary and Responsibilities

    The Employment Specialist assists clients with training for, seeking, finding, and keeping viable jobs, both paid and volunteer. The Employment Specialist will help clients achieve their educational goals. This Employment Specialist also teaches clients about competitive work opportunities, assessing interest/work needs as indicated, and offers direct placement of clients in positions appropriate to skill level and personal needs, while advocating for clients as needed to ensure work success. The position will also serve as ongoing support to clients, including providing information and education to family members and other support persons, and provides long-term job coaching for clients to assist in work stability and retention.



    • Engages consumers, establishes trusting, collaborative relationships directed towards goal of competitive employment in integrated job settings. 
    • Facilitate Job Search activities and advocates for clients as needed to ensure work success. 
    • Provides direct placement of clients in positions appropriate to skill level and personal needs. 
    • Assesses consumers' vocational functioning on an ongoing basis. 
    • Follows SE principles and procedures, helps consumers in job development and job search activities directed towards positions that are consistent with consumers’ needs and interests. 
    • Develops jobs through telemarketing, cold calls, direct contact and networking. 
    • Provides individualized, time-unlimited, follow-along services to help consumers sustain employment. 
    • Provides education and support to employers, may include negotiating job accommodations and follow-along contact with employers.
    • Provides outreach services to consumers, as necessary, when there appears to be disengagement from SE services. If necessary, maintain some contact with consumers end without a vocational focus to sustain engagement. 
    • Meets regularly with treatment team members to coordinate and integrate vocational services into mental health treatment. 
    • Develops individual employment plans with consumers, case managers, and treatment team providers, and updates the plans quarterly. 
    • Spends at least 60% of direct service time in the community to engage and support consumers, family members, and employers. 
    • Serves in a consultative capacity to other service providers, both intra-agency and interagency, to promote the supported employment model. 
    • Displays regular and reliable attendance. Reports to and departs from work on time, as scheduled, and accurately reflects all time on time card. 
    • Provides expertise in areas related to work trends, employment models, potential employer profiles, and demographic data as needed. 
    • Actively promotes an integrated, regional system of care by participating in committees, on interagency teams and by attending meetings related to the field of employment.




    • B.A./B.S. degree in social/human services field and two years experience providing employment services to psychiatric population
    • OR
    • M.A./M.S. degree in Vocational Rehabilitation or similar field and at least two years experience providing employment services to psychiatric population. 
    • One year of experience providing job- coaching, counseling, or placement, or two years experience in vocational rehabilitation, employment placement or sales. 
    • Training in Supported Employment and Assertive Community Treatment models.
    • Knowledge of behavioral management techniques and crisis intervention skills.
    • Knowledge of procedure manuals and the ability to interpret these effectively to staff, family members and community providers.
    • Bilingual in Spanish preferred.
    • Has ability to work with minimal direction and supervision.
    • Possesses skills necessary to provide effective counseling, therapy and clinical services, and the ability to successfully work as a member of a treatment team.
    • Utilizes logical problem-solving techniques both independently and in collaboration with workers in dealing with client needs.
    • Ability to Interact positively with persons of diverse socio-economic backgrounds and education.
    • Fosters excellent rapport with clients and build trusting and motivating relationships.
    • Maintain the professional distinction between therapeutic and social relationships. 
    • Maintain positive morale and unit cohesion as evidenced by maintaining a cooperative and flexible attitude toward coworkers, showing adaptability to change, exhibiting effective communication and interpersonal skills, and taking initiative to solve problems.
    • Set priorities and reacts appropriately to emergency situations.



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