Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Employment Specialist

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

    MHS Employment Services program helps individuals with behavioral health disorders prepare for, locate, and retain meaningful jobs of their choice. We are CARF accredited and certified in providing Vocational Assessment Services. Our services are customized to reflect job readiness, interests, and skills. We focus on rehabilitation and recovery and our philosophy is everyone can work.


    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.   Since 1978, 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. 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 for eligible employees.

    Job Summary and Responsibilities

    The Employment Specialist assists job seeking clients to: set overall rehabilitation goals; identify barriers to employment and make adjustments; seek out and develop job sites and on-the-job training opportunities for a Department of Rehabilitation funded employment program providing employment services to adult persons with psychiatric disabilities. The Employment Specialist provides vocational assessments,  resumes development, job related skill development, strength-based behavioral feedback, and other motivating related services required to prepare the job seeking client for competitive employment. 



    • Complete case records.
    • Prepare reports.
    • Resolve work related problems.
    • Make support referrals as needed.  
    • Interview clients to determine availability, employability, and need for further employment qualifications.
    • Educate and expose clients to a wide range of work behavior and work-related problems.
    • Identify and access county and community education and training opportunities.
    • Provide individual service referrals.
    • Assign clients to participate in job discussion groups.
    • Provide other related support services as necessary to clients.
    • Work with Department of Rehabilitation counselors to ensure a productive job match for each individual.
    • Assist clients develop personal and community support networks.
    • Assist clients resolve personal and family barriers to employment.
    • Access available education or training positions for clients.
    • Provide on-the-job support through: client visits at the work site; assist in skill- development training, work components, and job development.
    • Monitor client progress and attendance at work and facilitate long-term client support through work support groups, job club, and related activities.
    • Consult with treatment teams as necessary to initiate and maintain a liaison with educational, governmental, and community agencies and employers involved with the Employment Program.
    • Maintain timely, accurate, and legible documentation for each client in caseload; record documentation in accordance with contract.
    • Consult with other treatment providers such as conservators, case manages, and care operators.
    • Transport clients to and from job interviews. 


    • Minimum of Bachelor's: BA / BS 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.
    • Excellent communication skills.
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.


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