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 employee 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 Abbassi, abbassi@mhaoc.org

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


***PROGRAM ASSISTANT, MULTI-SERVICE CENTER, SANTA ANA***

[Full-time, Non-exempt status]

Job Description: Under the direction of the Assistant Coordinators and Program Director, the Program Assistant is responsible for providing program support to the Multi-Service Center Program. 

Requirements:
- High school diploma
One year experience that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and abilities.
- Understanding and compassion in working with mentally ill consumers.
- Cultural competency and sensitivity.
- Good communication skills (written and verbal).
- Basic computer skills: Microsoft Office and Word and internet.
- Valid California Driver's License and a driving record acceptable by MHA policy standards.
- Must adhere to agreed upon schedule coordinated with the Program Director.

A Candidate Must:
- Responsible for reception, greeting and assisting consumers, answering phones, and general center and reception area appearnce.
- Responsible for consumer sign-in and sign-out efforts an tracking. 
- Set up new consumer files as designated: labeling, tracking, etc.
- Responsoble for filing, organizing, documenting and secure maintenance of consumer files. 
- General observation of consumer behavior and notification of appropriate staff and/or management of amy concerns in a timely manner. 
- Maintains forms and support documents needed for the Multi-Service Center. 
- Responsible for mail: postage, drop off/pick up at post office PO Box, open and disperse to appropriate staff member. 
- Provide office support fo Program Director and staff by making photocopies, faxing documents, an dother office support duties as needed.  

Please send resume and cover letter to Program Director, Kay Hough at hough@mhaoc.org


***EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST, West County Wellness Center***

[Full-time, Non-exepmt Status]

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

Requirements:
- Bachelor's Degree in Social Work or related field, or a minimum of two years' experience in a social service setting.
- Two years working with homeless and/or psychiatrically disabled persons.
- Knowledge of severe mental illness and its symptoms.
- Bilingual English/Vietnamese preferred.
- Possession of or ability to obtain a valid 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.
- Responsible for developing documents and procedures for data collection to support outcomes.
- Establish a working relationship and referral process with Job Placement Specialist.
- Develop community relationships with employers to help support consumers with employment retention.
- Conduct employment preparedness presentations regularly.
- Follow up with consuemrs following placement, provide needed supports to promote retention.
- Create and maintain a safe, supportive, and accepting environment for consumers.
- Assimilate statistical information for funding reports and outcome study on appropriate forms in an accurate and timely fashion.
- Attend weekly staff meetings and other designated meetings.
- Adhere to agreed upon schedule coordinated with Program Director. 

People with lived mental health experience are encouraged to apply.

Please send resume and cover letter to Shannon Peterson peterson@mhaoc.org


***EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST, Garden Grove and Lake Forest Clinics***

[Full-time, Non-exepmt Status]

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

Requirements:
- Bachelor's Degree in Social Work or related field, or a minimum of two years' experience in a social service setting.
- Two years working with homeless and/or psychiatrically disabled persons.
- Knowledge of severe mental illness and its symptoms.
- Bilingual English/Vietnamese preferred.
- Possession of or ability to obtain a valid 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.
- Responsible for developing documents and procedures for data collection to support outcomes.
- Establish a working relationship and referral process with Job Placement Specialist.
- Develop community relationships with employers to help support consumers with employment retention.
- Conduct employment preparedness presentations regularly.
- Follow up with consuemrs following placement, provide needed supports to promote retention.
- Create and maintain a safe, supportive, and accepting environment for consumers.
- Assimilate statistical information for funding reports and outcome study on appropriate forms in an accurate and timely fashion.
- Attend weekly staff meetings and other designated meetings.
- Adhere to agreed upon schedule coordinated with Program Director. 

Please send resume and cover letter to Sherri, abbassi@mhaoc.org AND Katherine, womack@mhaoc.org

***REPRESENTATIVE PAYEE ASSISTANT***

[Part-time, Non-exempt status]

Job Description: Under the supervision of the Representative Payee Director, the Representative Payee Assistant is responsible for assisting consumers in maintaining financial stability and for providing appropriate referral information regarding financial related services.

Requirements:
- Bachelor's Degree in social welfare, social/human services, sociology, or other behavioral science, and 2 years of progressively responsible social work case management experience in a public or private social social services agency, OR
- Completion of 30 college semester units in social welfare, social/human services, sociology, or other behavioral science and 3 yers of progressively responsible social work case management experience in a public or private social services agency.
- Ability to legibly write, read and speak English.
- Computer literate and knowledge of Quick Books or the ability to learn.
- Demonstrated understanding of serious and persistent mental illness.
- Possession of a valid California Driver's License and a driving record acceptable to MHA standards.
 
A Candidate Must:
- Maintain a caseload for Rep Payee applicants.
- Complete Rep Payee applications on a caseload in a timely manner and with accuracy.
- Assist consumer in obtaining all required medical and non-medical documentation necessary to complete an application for Rep Payee assistance.
- Provide related referrals to all consumers.
- Schedule appointments to assist consumers in filling out applications and other related forms correctly.
- See that consumers needs are met by arranging housing, food and transportation as necessary.
- Provide support, encouragement and case management servicecs as needed.
- Assist the Rep Payee Director with various tasks.

Please send resume and cover letter to Darlene, reppayee@mhaoc.org.


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