Jobs

The Mental Health Association of Orange County, a leader in the mental health field for over 53 years hires creative professionals for programs serving adults with mental illness.

MHA's current programs include a wide range of services to improve the quality of life for Orange County residents impacted by mental illness. The agency employs over 100 unique and talented individuals and serves over 16,000 individuals each year.

The Mental Health Association follows closely the psychosocial/psychiatric rehabilitation philosophy. All applicants are expected to follow this model of care.

The Mental Health Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply for open positions regarless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or any other legally protected status. Please email jobs@mhaoc.org and your resume will be reviewed by agency program managers.  Qualified candidates will be contacted.



Below is a list of available positions:

***REHABILITATION SPECIALIST, GAREN GROVE & LAKE FOREST***

[Full-time, Non-exempt status]

Job Description: Under the direction of the Program Director, the Rehabilitation Specialist provides services to consumers in the areas of general mental health, crisis intervention, case management and medi-cal related services.

Requirements:
- Bachelor's Degree in social work or related behavioral science and four years' experience in providing service to persons with mental illness.
- An understanding of serious mental illness.
- Agreement with and adherence to the principles of psychosocial rehabilitation.
- One year previous social work experience.
- Able to read, write, and understand English. Preferably bi-lingual in Vietnamese for our Garden Grove location and bi-lingual in Farsi for our Lake Forest Location.
- Able to realte to persons with diverse cultural backgrounds.

A Candidate Must:
- Maintain an on-going case load.
- Assist consumers in identifying and meeting goals.
- Link consumers with other appropriate service providers as well as medi-cal related services. - Provide individual and group assistance to consumers (therapy, supportive counseling, rehabilitation, and case management).
- Complete case files and appropriate DMH paperwork as required.
- Uphold MHA's treatment philosophy and policies.
- Consult with Program Director and other staff as necessary.
- Attend weekly staff meetings.
- Participate in training of medi-cal covered services and events as appropriate.
- Perform related duties as assigned and/or required.
- Adhere to agreed upon schedule with Program Director.

Please send resume & cover letter for Garden Grove position to Sherri at abbassi@mhaoc.org

Please send resume & cover letter for Lake Forest position to Katherine at womack@mhaoc.org


***TAY-YOUTH MENTOR, MALE***

The MHA-Project Together Mentor Program is seeking a Male, to serve as a mentor for male children, youth and transitional age youth impacted by mental illness and or emotional or behavioral disorders. The youth are clients of the County of Orange Health Care Agency Children and Youth Services. Therefore requests for mentoring services are initiated by the youth's therapist. Mentors work one-on-one with the youth to develop a trusting relationsihp, assist the youth to increase socialization and communication skills, identify and (if possible) modify certain behaviors and become more resilient and independent. Mentor-client matches are designed to last for a minimum of six (6) months. During this time the mentor will meet with the client approximately 2-4 hours per week. They will take the youth into the comunity to expose them to new and different opportunities and possibly plant a seed for future life goals. Mentors become part of the youth's treatment team and the youth's clinician will work closely with the mentor, remain in regular contact with the mentor to offer consultation and support regarding the match. The TAY-Youth Mentor will carry a caseload of eight (8) clients. Mentors must pass a rigorous background screen and complete a comprehensive mentor training. Mentors will also recieve on-going support when necessary training from MHA-PT.

Minimum Qualifications: Must be 21 years old. Live in or near Orange County, CA. Have reliable transportation. Possess a Bachelor's Degree or working toward a degree in Psychology, Social Work, Child-Development or related field OR have extensive experience working with the target population described.

Please send cover letter and resume to silvas@mhaoc.org

***PATIENTS RIGHTS ADVOCATE***

[Part-time, Non-exempt status]

Job Description: Under the supervision of the Assistant Coordinator and Program Director, responsible for providing support and advocacy to mental health patients during their hearings.

Requirements:
- One year of experience in mental health or related social services or 6 months of experience delivering advocacy services to people with mental illness.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively and responsibly away from the Program's main office and with minimal direct supervision.
- Ability to work effectively and appropriately within the mental health and other service systems. l
- Must demonstrate respect and compassion for patients and act to support patients ability to be self-determining.
- Personal stability and an ability to work well under pressure.
- Ability to work professionally and effectively with people with mental illness.
- Ability to assist persons in presenting their cases in an administrative law hearing or similar type of hearing.
- Ability to quickly ascertain what are relevant facts in a given situation and to efficiently conduct formal investigations.
- Must have a motor vehicle available for daily use; possess a valid California Driver's License, carry auto liability insurance as required by law, and have an acceptable motor vehicle report, as determined by our insurance broker. (Position requires extensive local travel up to 600 miles per month).

A Candidate Must:
1. Conduct interviews with involuntary patients who have been certified to:
    - Help each patient understand the certification review process and the reasons given as to why he/she has been certified.
    - assist the patient in obtaining the prescense of any other person(s) he/she may wish to have at his/her hearing. 
    - explore with the patient any feasible alternatives to his/her continued involuntary hospitalization.
    - ascertain whether the patient wishes the Hearing Representative to assist or represent him/her at the hearing.
2. Arrange for an intrepreter, if needed.
3. Perform any other pre-hearing investigation which appears warranted, including review of the patient's charts and other relevant documents.
4. Attend certification review and/or capacity hearings, providing whatever level of assistance or representation each patient has requested.
5. Maintain accurate and organized case records for patients who have certification review or capacity hearings or whose complaints regarding patients' rights violations have been investigated.
6. Work efficiently and effectively with patients, Hearing Officers, and mental health facility staff members to privide high-quality advocacy for patients under certification.

Please send resume and cover letter to Kay at hough@mhaoc.org

***EDUCATION/EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST***

[Part-time, Non-exempt status, Garden Grove]

Job Description: Under the direction of the Program Director, the Education/Employment Specialist is responsible for promoting vocational opportunities to mental health consumers.

Requirements:
- Bachelor's Degree in Social Work or related field, or a minimum of 4 years experience in a social service setting.
- Two years experience working with homeless and/or psychiatrically disabled persons.
- Knowledge of severe mental illness and its symptoms.
- Bilingual Vietnamese/English and Bicultural ability/knowledge is preferred.
- Possession of or ability to obtain a California Driver's License and maintain a driving record meeting with agency insurance requirements.

A Candidate Must:
- Initiate program development with supervisors and grant partners, ensuring the program meets desired outcomes.
- Provide individual and group trainings, counseling and support to assist consumers in returning to school or obtaining employment.
- Develop documents, training materials and job seeking information to assist consumers in their efforts.
- Educational settings outreach and networking to assist enrolled consumers in credentialing opportunities to further job opportunities, including on-site support for consumers.
- Employer outreach and networking to establish working relationships and increased employment opportunities for consumers in the community.
- Responsible for developing documents and procedures for data collection to support outcomes.
- Establish a working relationship and referral process for jobs.
- Develop community relationships with employers to help support consumers with employment retention.
- Conduct employment preparedness presentations regularly.
- Follow up with consumers after palcement, provide needed supports to promote retention, provide on-site job coaching.
- Assimilate statistical information for funding reports and outcome study on appropriate forms in an accurate and timely fashion.

Please send cover letter and resume to abbassi@mhaoc.org

***CLINICAL SUPERVISOR***

[Full-time, Exempt status, Garden Grove]

Job Description: Under the direction of the Program Director, the Clinical Lead provides services to consumers in the areas of general mental health, short term psychotherapy, crisis intervention, case management and medi-cal ASO related services.

Requirements:
- Master's Degree in Social Work or related behavioral science and license-eligible or waivered with the BBS.
- An undersatnding of serious mental illness and psychotherapy.
- Agreement with and adherence to the principles of psychosocial rehabilitation. 
- One year previous social work experience. 
- Able to read, write, and understand English and preferably Vietnamese.
- Ability to relate to persons with diverse cultural backgrounds. 

A Candidate Must:
- Maintain an ongoing caseload of primarily of ASO short-term psychotherapy consumers. 
- Assist consumers in identifying and meeting goals.
- Link consumers with other appropriate service providers as well as medi-cal related services. 
- Provide individual and group assistance to consumers. 
- Complete case files and appropriate paperwork as required. 
- Uphold MHA's treatment philosophy and policies.

Please send cover letter and resume to abbassi@mhaoc.org
 


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