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 and is proud to employ a diverse staff. We encourage qualified individuals to apply for open positions regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or other legally protected status.

To apply please email  Submit your resume to  Your resume will be reviewed by agency program managers.  Qualified candidates will be contacted.

Below is overview of available positions:

Title: Educational/Employment Specialist

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

Reporting Relationship: Reports to the Program Director

Status: Part-time, Non-Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities:


1. Initiate program development with supervisors and grant partners, ensuring the program  meets desired outcomes.
2. Provide individual and group traingings, counseling and support to assist consumers in         returning to school or obtaining employment.
3. Develop documents, training materials and job seeking information to assist consumers in their efforts.
4. Educational settings outreach and networking to assist enrolled consumers in credentialing opportunities to futher job opportunities, including on-site support for consumers.
5. Employer outreach and networking to establish working relationships and increased employment opportunities for consumers in the in the community.
6. Resposible for delveloping documents and procedures for data collection to support outcomes.
7. Establish a working relationship and referral process for jobs.
8. Develop community relationships with employers to help support consumers with empoyment retention.
9. Conduct employment preparedness presentations regularly.
10. Follow up with consumers folllowing placement, provide needed supports to promote retention, and provide on-site job coaching support as needed.
11. Create and maintain a safe, supportive and accepting enviroment for consumers.
12. Assimilate statistical information for funding reports and outcome study on appropriate forms in an accurate and timely fashion.
13. Attend weekly staff meetings and other designated meetings, and work as a member of the multidisciplinary team.


1. Assist with exploration of funding sources available to augment current program for expansion.
2. Perform other duties as assigned by Program Director.


1. Bachelor's Degree in Social Work or related field, or a minimum of two years experience in a social service setting.
2. Two years of experience working with homeless and/or psychiatrically disabled persons.
3. Knowledge of severe mental illness and it's symtoms.
4. Bilingual (Spanish/English or Vietnamese/English) and Bicultural ability and knowledge is perferred.
5. Possesion of or ability to obtain a California Driver's License and maintain a driving record meeting with agency insurance requirements.


To apply for this position, please send cover letter and resume to:

Kay Hough
Program Director
MHA Multi-Service Center
P.O. Box 718
Santa Ana, CA 92702-0718
or email: 


Title:  Veteran Liaison

Under the supervision of the Multi-Service Center Program Director, the Veteran Liaison is responsible for providing services to homeless, mentally-ill veterans in conjunction with the Veteran Outreach Worker.  The Liaison's primary goal is to develop a network of providers and establish linkages between the veterans and services for which they may qualify, including: benefits, VA Hospital, shelters, drug and alcohol services, and/or psychiatric services.  In addition, the position will develop a veteran services resource manual and provide trainings to staff and community members on issues surrounding veterans.

Reporting Relationship:  Reports to the Multi-Service Center Program Director

Status:  Full-time, Non-exempt

Duties and Responsibilities:


1.  Develop manual to bridge gap of needed services within Orange County service area.
2.  Run groups, conduct one-to-one counseling and case management.
3.  Engage consumers daily to establish their veteran status.
4.  Coordinate with the Veterans Service Outreach Worker to ensure the referrals from outreach continue with care at the drop-in center.
5.  Work with other agencies to coordinate and set a course for treatment.
6.  Create and maintain a positive atmosphere for the consumers.
7.  Facilitiate groups directed towards veteran issues.
8.  Assist with housing issues and direct toward appropriate resources.
9.  Train Center staff on veterans' service-related issues.


1.  Other duties as assigned by the Program Director.
2.  Assist with the day-to-day operation of the drop-in center.

Physical demands:

1.  Sit:  stationary position at least 50% of the time.
2.  Move:  frequently move about the inside of the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc. 50% of the time will be in the field performing outreach (this includes, but not limited to bending and walking).
3.  Operate:  constantly operate a computer and other office productivity machines, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.
4.  Communicate:  communicates daily with clients, staff and outside resources that have inquiries; must be able to exchange accurate information on these situations.
5.  Ability to lift up to 20 pounds.
6.  Occasionally transport clients in personal and MHA vehicle.


Posession of the following:

1.  A veteran of the armd forces.  Service connected with an honorable discharge and possession of an Honorable Discharge DD214.
2.  Bachelor's degree in Social Services work or related field.  Sufficient personal experience of homelessness and/or mental illness to qualify the candidate to fulfull the requirements of the position, OR two years equivalent experience in mental health or related field.
3.  Possession of a Class C driver's license and driving record meeting Agency insurance requirements.
4.  Knowledge of severe and persistent mental illness.

To apply for this position, please send cover letter and resume to:

Kay Hough
Program Director
MHA Multi-Service Center
P.O. Box 718
Santa Ana, CA 92702-0718
or email: 

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