Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Employment Specialist

    Job Locations US-CA-SAN DIEGO
    Req No.
    Other Specialties
    Regular Full-Time
  • Program/Department Description

    Our Center Star Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program offers 24-hour community-based treatment for individuals with a criminal justice background who have been diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness. All clients of Center Star ACT are eligible to receive medication management and monitoring, therapy, drug and alcohol counseling, case management, vocational rehabilitation, peer counseling and support, and housing services.


    Mental Health Systems is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to delivering innovative mental health, substance abuse, supportive housing, veteran, and recovery services. MHS provides over 75 broad-ranging programs that offer safety-net services and employs over 800 dedicated individuals across 6 California counties; Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Kings, San Bernardino, and San Diego.   


    For 40 years, Mental Health System’s client-centered, strengths-based solutions have been designed to offer comprehensive, culturally competent programs that embody our core values of Excellence, Hope, Action, Innovation, Integrity, and Dignity. Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities impacted by behavioral health challenges.  MHS has a commitment toward reducing stigma and improving access to care using the principle of “whatever it takes”.   MHS offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision, company sponsored retirement plan, Employee Assistance Program, generous holidays, vacation, and sick.

    Position Description

    The Employment Specialist for Adult Mental Health Justice Integrated Services and Supported Housing with Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team Services Program for persons age 25-59 who have been or are in the justice system and received mental health services while in detention. The employment specialist provides support, education, and task-oriented interventions aimed at skills enhancement and job attainment.


    • 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.
    • Advocates for clients as needed to ensure work success.
    • Educates clients about competitive work opportunities, assessing interest/work needs as indicated.
    • Offers direct placement of clients in positions appropriate to skill level and personal needs.
    • Provides expertise to the team in areas related to work trends, employment models, potential employer profiles, and demographic data as needed.
    • Provides long-term job coaching for clients to assist in work stability and retention.
    • Serves as ongoing support to clients, including providing information and education to family members and other support persons.
    • Serves as part of a multidisciplinary team, providing assessment of clients’ capacities and updates regarding work status.
    • Serves as part of the on-call team, fulfilling all work requirements of this program component.
    • Serves in a consultative capacity to other service providers, both intra-agency and interagency, to promote the supported employment model.
    • Collects necessary client demographic data and enters it in appropriate program software.
    • Maintains a daily log of client contacts.
    • Provides information about the program to community agencies connected to the mental health services system in order to educate them about the program.
    • Complies with all MHS and program rules, policies and procedures including HIPPA standards.
    • Demonstrates commitment to professional growth by attending in-service trainings and staff development programs, and seeking out supervision when needed.
    • Demonstrates adequate care and responsibility for equipment and ensures facilities upkeep and safety.
    • MHS requires all employees to attain a minimum degree of training and knowledge in cultural competency, co-occurring and gender responsiveness. 
    • Participates in the Injury and Illness Prevention Program.
    • Provides input towards policy and procedure design, revision, and deletion.

    Education/Experience Requirements

    • B.A./B.S. degree in social/human services field and 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.
    • Received training in Supported Employment and Assertive Community Treatment models.
    • Knowledge of behavioral management techniques and crisis intervention skills.
    • Knowledge of SDMHS organization functions and services.
    • Fluency in English required; fluency in Spanish preferred.
    • Possesses skills necessary to provide effective counseling, therapy and clinical services, and the ability to successfully work as a member of a treatment team.


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